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Rockies Rumors 2012: Nationals Have Scouted Wil Nieves

The Washington Nationals have scouted Colorado Rockies catcher Wil Nieves this season in anticipation of a possible trade, as Troy Renck and Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post report. The veteran catcher spent three seasons playing in D.C., so his familiarity presumably appeals to that organization.

At the moment, the 34-year-old Nieves is on the disabled list with a right turf toe injury. When healthy, he appeared in 16 games with Colorado this season, hitting .298/.333/.402 with one home run over 51 plate appearances. The backstop is generally appreciated for his ability to handle pitchers and play the position, though, so any offensive production is gravy.

From 2008 through 2010, Nieves appeared in 199 games with the Nationals, seeing more playing time in Washington than he's seen in any organization before or since. The catcher's offensive woes showed, though, as he hit just .244/.293/.315 with five homers over 617 plate appearances with the Nats.

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