Colorado Rockies Sign Wil Nieves To Minor League Contract

The Colorado Rockies shook up their situation at the catcher position this offseason, trading incumbent starter Chris Iannetta and signing Ramon Hernandez to be his replacement. As part of that shake up, they've decided to bring in some additional depth in the form of veteran backstop Wil Nieves. According to MLB's official transaction page, the Rockies and Nieves have agreed to a minor league contract, presumably with an invite to spring training included.

Nieves, 34, spent last season with the Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .140/.189/.180 over 54 plate appearances. He's never really been an effective player at the MLB level, as his career WAR of -1.5 indicates that he's worse than a replacement-level player. That evaluation may underestimate his defensive value, but it's hard to justify keeping any player on a roster when his career batting line is .221/.268/.289 over the course of 823 PA's.

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