Phillies Sign Nieves, Manship

The Phillies announced today they have signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year contract.

He is expected to back up Carlos Ruiz.

Nieves, 36, has hit a combined .299 with three home runs, 30 RBIs and a .704 OPS in 295 plate appearances the past two seasons with the Rockies and Diamondbacks. He has hit .242 with a .597 OPS in his 10-year career.

The Phillies had an agreement with Nieves in place before they finalized the deal that shipped catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Blue Jays for right-hander Brad Lincoln.

The Phillies also announced they have signed right-hander Jeff Manship to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He appeared in 11 games (four starts) last season with the Rockies. He went 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA. He is a combined 3-7 with a 6.42 ERA in 52 appearances (10 starts) in his big-league career.


Why don’t the Phillies hire Jim Thome as hitting coach ?

Hitting coach? I’m waiting for Ruben to bring him back as a player.

Hey Raauuul is still available too!

I hear that RAJ is thinking of bringing back Mike schmidt to play 3rd and lower ave age of team at same time

Let me guess, the signing of a guy w/an ERA near 7 is a “low risk, high reward” move. I swear I hear that phrase in my sleep.

Say what you may, the true believers will appear shortly to proclaim their love of the game not realizing they are the ones to which PT Barnum was referring.

Isn’t Kratz also 36? What was the point of any of that? Really? And another arm with 6.42 ERA? I can’t believe this is even happening anymore. Friends who are fans of other teams actually make fun of me for Amaro’s deals. We have become a laughing stock.

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