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JUN 24, 9:19a ET | Ben Lindbergh
StatsLLC: Feb 3 / 12:00a ET
News: The San Diego Padres have signed catcher Wil Nieves to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 37-year-old Nieves originally signed with the Padres after they took him in the 47th round of the 1995 amateur draft.
Impact: Nieves played in 28 games with the Padres in 2002 before being released. He's also played for the New York Yankees, Washington, Milwaukee, Colorado, Arizona and Philadelphia. He's a career .243 hitter with nine homers and 110 RBIs.
Rotowire: Feb 2 / 2:11p ET
News: Nieves signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Monday that includes an invite to spring training, Corey Brock of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Nieves spent most of the season with the Phillies in 2014 serving as the backup to Carlos Ruiz, and finished the season with a .254/.270/.344 batting line with one home run and seven RBI in 36 major league games. He will likely compete with Tim Federowicz for the Padres' backup catching job behind Derek Norris.