Report: Catcher Wil Nieves headed to Phillies

Report: Catcher Wil Nieves headed to Phillies

Phillies Nation: 11/26

December 3, 2013, 8:45 pm

Catcher Wil Nieves, 36, hit .297 in 71 games last season with the Diamondbacks. (AP)

Updated: 11 p.m.

The Phillies could be in the process of bringing in a backup catcher.

According to a tweet by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman on Tuesday night, free-agent catcher Wil Nieves “is headed to the Phillies.”

Two weeks ago, the Phillies re-signed Carlos Ruiz. Shortly after Heyman's report, the Phillies announced that they traded backup catcher Erik Kratz and minor-league reliever Rob Rasmussen to the Blue Jays in exchange for relief pitcher Brad Lincoln (see story).

Nieves, 36, is a career backup who has played for the Padres, Yankees, Nationals, Brewers, Rockies and Diamondbacks.

The right-handed catcher, regarded most for his defense, hit .297 in 71 games last season with the Diamondbacks. With the Rockies and Diamondbacks in 2012, Nieves hit .301 in 32 games.

Over his 10-year career, Nieves has hit .242 with eight home runs and 103 RBIs.