Rivera was still in the running for the Mets' No. 2 catcher spot when MLB suspended the season.
The 36-year-old hadn't done much at the plate this spring, going 3-for-12 with a home run, but that's still better than Tomas Nido's 2-for-16 performance. Rivera's defensive metrics and reputation aren't what they were a few years ago, and the fact that Nido is out of minor-league options likely makes the younger backstop the front-runner in the competition to back up Wilson Ramos.
Rivera agreed Tuesday with the Mets on a minor-league contract, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Rivera's deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training and will be worth $1 million if he makes the Mets' Opening Day roster. The defensive-minded backstop made nine appearances for the Mets in 2019 but spent the majority of the campaign at Triple-A Syracuse.
Rivera was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.
Rivera signed a minor-league deal with the Mets just before the start of the season and will now make his way to the majors five months later. The 36-year-old had a .254/.319/.501 slash line and 25 home runs with Syracuse, and he'll serve as the reserve backstop to Wilson Ramos with Tomas Nido (concussion) landing on the injured list.
Rivera signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Monday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Rivera will join the Mets after being cut loose by San Francisco over the weekend. The veteran backstop will provide insurance at catcher with Devin Mesoraco contemplating retirement and Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) looking like a candidate to open the season on the IL.
The Giants released Rivera on Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Rivera's release suggests that Aramis Garcia has won out in the job battle for the backup gig behind No. 1 catcher Buster Posey. Heralded for his ability to control the running game, Rivera shouldn't struggle to find work elsewhere, though he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal.
Rivera signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Friday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Rivera spent the bulk of 2018 with the Angels but also saw some action with the Braves, though he appeared in only 33 games total. The 35-year-old's career slash line of .220/.271/.353 has him destined to serve as organizational depth in San Francisco.
Rivera was acquired off waivers by the Braves on Wednesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
It's unclear how Rivera fits into the picture in Atlanta, as the team already has two solid catchers in Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers. He'll at least provide catching depth in the final month of the season for the Braves, but between his uncertain role and his weak bat (a career .221/.272/.354 slash line), it's hard to see him having much fantasy value. The move leaves Francisco Arcia as the primary catcher for the Angels.
Rivera is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Rivera will head to the bench for the third time since coming off the 60-day disabled list Aug. 15 and is 6-for-21 with a home run and seven strikeouts since his activation. Francisco Arcia will start behind the plate and bat seventh against Justin Verlander and the Astros.
Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
Rivera had started at catcher in three of the Angels' previous four games since he returned from the disabled list. Though he appears to be in line for No. 1 catching duties going forward, Rivera will likely give way to backup Francisco Arcia at least a couple of times per week for rest purposes.
Rivera went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in Wednesday's win over the Padres.
Rivera was the hero in this one, launching a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie in the eventual 3-2 victory. It was the 35-year-old's first game since May after undergoing knee surgery. He'll likely receive plenty of precautionary days off down the stretch.
Rivera (knee) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and will bat sixth and catch against San Diego on Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Rivera will return to action at the big-league level after undergoing knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear in May. He will likely settle into a reserve role behind Francisco Arcia while Jose Briceno also remains a member of the 25-man roster for the time being. Across 22 games prior to his injury, Rivera hit .259/.322/.481 with three home runs and 10 RBI.
Rivera (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
Rivera is set to return to live action for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a knee injury that ultimately required surgery. Given the length of his absence, the veteran backstop will likely need to make a handful of rehab appearances before the Angels consider bringing him off the 60-day disabled list. Barring any setbacks, Rivera could be back with the big club sometime during the second half of August.
Rivera was moved to the 60-day disabled list Saturday.
Rivera will remain sidelined through the All-Star break due to right knee inflammation. He's yet to begin running or catching, so it became apparent that he would need a little more time on the shelf. In a corresponding move, the club claimed Hansel Robles off waivers.
Rivera (knee) has progressed to light throwing drills, but has yet to resume running or catching, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
Despite his limited activity to date, Rivera remains on track to return from the 10-day disabled list in late June or early July, just as the Angels initially expected when he required surgery May 25 to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. Jose Briceno is expected to serve as the main backup to primary catcher Martin Maldonado until Rivera is deemed ready to come off the DL.
Rivera had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee Friday morning, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Rivera will require between four to six weeks to recover after undergoing surgery. Initial reports stated Rivera was dealing with right knee inflammation, but it was later determined that he had suffered a meniscus tear. The 34-year-old was batting .259 with three home runs and 10 RBI over 22 games as the Angels' backup catcher.
Rivera was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right knee inflammation.
The move is retroactive to May 17, so Rivera will be eligible to return May 27 at the earliest. Jose Briceno, who had his contract selected Sunday, will act as the Angels' reserve catcher in Rivera's absence.
Rivera went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-0 win over the Rockies.
The seventh-inning shot was Rivera's second of the season, but it was made more impressive by the fact that he took two foul tips off his right hand in the fourth inning before going yard. Despite the catcher's gutsy effort, expect him to get at least a day or two off to heal up while Martin Maldonado tends to matters behind the plate.
Rivera will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
With Martin Maldonado on the bereavement list, Rivera has settled in as the Angels' primary catcher for the time being, as Sunday marks his third consecutive start. MLB rules dictate that Maldonado can spend no more than a week on the bereavement list, so expect him to be activated by Friday. Once Maldonado is back in the fold, Rivera will likely be limited to only a couple starts per week.
Rivera appears to have won the Angels' backup catcher job after the team designated Carlos Perez for assignment Monday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Much like top catcher Martin Maldonado, Rivera is masterful in controlling the run game, nabbing 36.4 percent of would-be basestealers during his MLB career. Rivera's presence should ensure the Angels won't lose much defensively if Maldonado should get injured at any point, though when both catchers are healthy, don't expect Rivera to play much more than two or three times per week.
Rivera agreed to a one-year contract with the Angels on Tuesday.
The Angels will be Rivera's seventh team as he enters his ninth MLB season. The journeyman catcher played 54 games with the Mets and 20 with the Cubs last season. All-in-all he hit an average of .341 to go along with two home runs and 12 RBI. He will look to earn a role providing depth at catcher with the Angels.
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