In a move that probably puts an end to their pursuit of Rod Barajas the Diamondbacks have re-signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com.
Magruder reports that Nieves will get $800,000 to serve as Miguel Montero’s backup, which is the role the Diamondbacks reportedly offered to Barajas previously.
Nieves is a prototypical backup catcher in that he’s never gotten 250 plate appearances in a season and is a career .229 hitter through age 34.
The Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract, the club announced on Monday. According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the total value of the deal is $13 million and Moreland can earn more through performance incentives.
Moreland, 32, hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 576 plate appearances with the Red Sox in 2017. With Moreland back in the fold, the Red Sox are out of the running for free agent Eric Hosmer.
While Moreland doesn’t have the best bat among first basemen, he plays good defense. His return also means the Red Sox can safely stow Hanley Ramirez back in the DH role.