According to the Associated Press, the team inked the 35-year-old catcher to a $800,000 deal (via ESPN.com).
Nieves was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks at the end of last season. He batted .306 in his 16 games in Arizona after being claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in midseason.
And yet, Nieves continues to find work in the big leagues as a capable reserve. He has played on six different major league teams in his nine seasons.
The Diamondbacks have had no shortage of moves during this year's Winter Meetings. But most have been smaller deals to shore up the team's depth.
Arizona announced via its official site the signing of first baseman—and frequent postseason participant—Eric Hinske.
Of course, all of baseball is waiting for a different offseason move from the Diamondbacks.
MLBTraderumors.com has been working overtime, speculating where star outfielder Justin Upton will land. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports believe that an Upton deal would trigger a chain reaction of trades.
But until that deal is made, Diamondbacks fans must be patient and know that other areas of the team are being tended to.
The reserve catcher role is secure. Wil Nieves will see to that.
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