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Brewers deal catcher Nieves to Braves

Brewers deal catcher Nieves to Braves

Brewers deal catcher Nieves to Braves
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers sold Triple-A catcher Wil Nieves to the Braves on Wednesday, offering Nieves a better opportunity to return to the Majors and clearing a spot at Triple-A Nashville for prospect Martin Maldonado.

The Brewers received $1 in return, according to general manager Doug Melvin, who proposed the deal after the Braves lost All-Star catcher Brian McCann to a rib-cage injury on Tuesday night. Atlanta also must take-on what remains of Nieves' $775,000 salary.

Maldonado was hitting .265 with 39 RBIs in 78 games for Nashville and Double-A Huntsville this season. He's considered an outstanding defensive catcher.

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Nieves was the Brewers' Opening Day catcher because regular starter Jonathan Lucroy began the season on the disabled list with a fractured finger. Nieves had two hits in that game, then went 5-for-46 (.109) and slugged .130 before the Brewers sent him outright to Nashville.

He had not fared much better in the Minors, batting .170 (15-for-88) through Tuesday.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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