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Arizona Diamondbacks Re-Sign Catcher Wil Nieves for One Year

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wil Nieves #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks doubles in the ninth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 10-7.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Paul Francis SullivanChief Writer IDecember 7, 2012

Reserve catcher Wil Nieves will return to the Arizona Diamondbacks for his tenth season in the major leagues.

According to the Associated Press, the team inked the 35-year-old catcher to a $800,000 deal (via ESPN.com).

Nieves was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks at the end of last season. He batted .306 in his 16 games in Arizona after being claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in midseason.

During his time with the Yankees, Nieves was called Mike Mussina's personal catcher by many observers of the Bronx Bombers, including Peter Botte of the New York Daily News.

Nieves has never appeared in the postseason, but played on a pair of division winners in New York. He was once traded for a dollar, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com (via Twitter).

And yet, Nieves continues to find work in the big leagues as a capable reserve. He has played on six different major league teams in his nine seasons.

The Diamondbacks have had no shortage of moves during this year's Winter Meetings. But most have been smaller deals to shore up the team's depth.

Arizona announced via its official site the signing of first baseman—and frequent postseason participant—Eric Hinske.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported that third baseman Eric Chavez, who filled in for Alex Rodriguez last season, is leaving the Bronx for the desert of Arizona.

Of course, all of baseball is waiting for a different offseason move from the Diamondbacks.

MLBTraderumors.com has been working overtime, speculating where star outfielder Justin Upton will land. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports believe that an Upton deal would trigger a chain reaction of trades.

But until that deal is made, Diamondbacks fans must be patient and know that other areas of the team are being tended to.

The reserve catcher role is secure. Wil Nieves will see to that.

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