Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Saturday. He is expected to join the team in the next day or two and will serve as the Cubs' backup catcher behind Alex Avila. Rivera is known for his strong defense, and he serves as another veteran option for Chicago with Willson Contreras (hamstring) on the DL. He posted a .230/.278/.391 slash line with eight home runs in 54 games for the Mets this season.
Rivera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees. His playing time has shrunk over the last few months as Travis d'Arnaud proved he was healthy and ready for full-time duty, although Rivera's .230/.278/.391 slash line hasn't made a great case for him to see more action either. The 33-year-old can still supply a bit of power now and then and has eight homers in 54 games on the year, making him a reasonable DFS punt play at catcher on days when he does get the nod.
Rivera hit two home runs in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Giants. The journeyman catcher led the charge in beating up on Giants starter Matt Moore, going yard in the second and fourth innings. Rivera continues to be a decent backup to Travis d'Arnaud behind the dish but doesn't produce nearly enough from a fantasy standpoint to make up for his limited playing time.
Rivera went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to Washington. This was just the fourth start for Rivera since the calendar flipped to June, and the lack of playing time is a huge blow to his fantasy value. With Travis d'Arnaud healthy, Rivera projects to receive limited at-bats going forward, too. However, injuries have limited d'Arnaud to just 142 games over the previous two seasons, so Rivera might see another fleeting run of semi-regular starts before the season is over.
Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Rivera has assumed the bulk of the catching duties since Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) hit the disabled list, but he'll concede a start in the series finale to Kevin Plawecki, who will serve as the battery mate for Tommy Milone. D'Arnaud recently kicked off a rehab assignment and could be ready to return from the DL later this week, at which point Rivera will see his at-bats tail off.
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