Wil Nieves isn’t worth a bag of baseballs


Or even one baseball, apparently.

With Brian McCann landing on the disabled list, the Braves picked up veteran catcher Wil Nieves from the Brewers on Wednesday.  Exactly what he was traded for wasn’t clear at the time, but Brewers GM Doug Melvin admitted later that he got $1 in return.

One dollar.

Nieves hit .140/.189/.190 in 50 at-bats for Milwaukee this season before George Kottaras replaced him as Jonathan LuCroy’s backup.  The 34-year-old is a career .221/.268/.289 hitter in 751 at-bats.

The Braves assigned Nieves to Triple-A and went ahead with calling up J.C. Boscan to serve as the backup to Dave Ross while McCann is on the DL.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.