I hardly think the offensive production of the backup catcher is a pressing concern right now. Defense is what we need from the backup, not one extra hit per week, and Nieves is solid behind the plate. From what I've heard, Bard is a terrible catcher.
agree to disagree. if it's dealing with a member of our 25-man roster, i think it's important. what if flores were to get hurt? we couldn't rely on nieves to be an everyday catcher. bard has better offensive numbers, but hasn't been great defensively (although nats pitchers have remarked that they are fans of his game calling).