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 Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.
Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.
Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.