The Phillies officially announced the signing of catcher Wil Nieves on Thursday, along with right-handed reliever Jeff Manship on a minor-league deal. Nieves gets one-year, $1.125 million.
Nieves hit .297 with 11 doubles in 206 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2013. He's 36 and has played 10 major-league seasons for the Padres, Yankees, Nationals, Brewers, Rockies and D-backs.
Nieves' deal is a major-league pact, so he has the inside track to the backup catching job. The Phils also have Cameron Rupp, but wanted to add catching depth after trading Erik Kratz to Toronto for Brad Lincoln earlier in the week.
Nieves is regarded as a strong defensive catcher, even if the numbers from 2012 and 2013 don't bear that out. He's thrown out 24% of base-stealers in his career, which is 4% below the league average over that span.
Manship, 28, has been pretty terrible in 52 major-league appearances. He has a 6.42 career ERA and over the last two seasons is 0-5 with a 7.44 ERA and 10 homers allowed in 55.2 innings.
Pure organizational depth, Manship is.