|2014 Chachi Transactions #9|
Last Thursday, the Phillies officially signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal. The 36-year-old veteran will back up Carlos Ruiz following the trade of Erik Kratz to the Blue Jays earlier last week. The past two seasons have been the best of Nieves' 10-year career, as he hit .299 over 103 games with three home runs and 30 RBIs with the Rockies and Diamondbacks. In the eight seasons that proceeded 2012, he hit .221 over 282 games with the Padres, Yankees, Nationals and Brewers. The Phillies website has already assigned him uniform #21.
As a prospect with the Padres, Nieves appeared on his first mainstream baseball cards back in 2002. His cardboard appearances waned throughout the decade, and his last major baseball card can be found in the 2010 Upper Deck set, when he was a member of the Nationals.