Braves sign catcher Wil Nieves

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Looking to add some organizational catching depth, the Braves have signed Wil Nieves to a minor-league contract.

Nieves elected to become a free agent last week after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Padres, who replaced the 37-year-old with prospect Austin Hedges.

Nieves has never been more than a backup-caliber catcher and even that might be a stretch at this point. He’s a career .241 hitter with a .597 OPS in 427 games spent with seven different teams.

Atlanta has A.J. Pierzynski and Christian Bethancourt splitting time behind the plate, so Nieves would probably need an injury to reach the majors again.