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Padres sign Wil Nieves

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 17: Wil Nieves #33 of the Milwaukee Brewers catches against the Chicago White Sox during the spring training game at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Journeyman catcher Wil Nieves has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Padres, according to Corey Brock of

Nieves spent last season backing up Carlos Ruiz with the Phillies, hitting .254 with one homer and a .614 OPS in 36 games. He has a .598 career OPS and has topped a .700 OPS just once, in 2012, so at age 37 expectations should be very modest.

He’ll compete with Tim Federowicz to back up Derek Norris in San Diego.

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