Diamondbacks to Sign Wil Nieves

Jul 6, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt (63) is congratulated by Colorado Rockies catcher Wil Nieves (41) after recording the final out against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Rockies defeated the Nationals 5 - 1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent catcher Wil Nieves, reports Steve Gilbert of MLB.com:

Nieves will replace Henry Blanco as the Diamondbacks’ backup catcher, as Blanco is likely headed for the disabled list with a thumb injury. The backstop’s ailment could be season-ending.

Nieves was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies last week and eventually hit the free agent market.

Over sixteen games with the Rockies this season, Nieves hit .298/.333/.404 with two doubles and a home run. The 34-year-old also spent time with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate, hitting .306/.336/.423 with four doubles and three home runs over 111 at-bats.

Nieves has spent nine seasons at the major league level as a member of the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and Rockies. He owns a career line of .226/.272/.296.

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