Phillies sign catcher Will Nieves to 1-year deal

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed catcher Wil Nieves to a

$1,125,000, one-year contract.

Nieves played in 71 games last season for the Arizona

Diamondbacks and batted .297 with one home run and 22 RBIs. He hit

.302 with runners in scoring position. Over the last two years, he

hit .299 in 103 games.

Nieves is a career .242 hitter, with eight home runs and 103

RBIs in 385 games with the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees,

Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies and


He was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Padres

in 1996.

The Phillies also signed right-hander Jeff Manship to a minor

league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. He

went 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA last season with Colorado.