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Yankees sign Juan Rivera to minor league deal

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. A source confirmed the signing which, I believe, was first reported by ESPN New York.

Rivera will join Russ Canzler and Matt Diaz — plus Thomas Neal, Ronnier Mustelier and other in-house options — in the competition to be the Yankees right-handed fourth outfielder. With the Dodgers last season, Rivera primarily played first base and hit .260/.312/.433 against lefties. He’s better known for his time with the Angles — he was originally with the Yankees — and is a career .285/.332/.488 against left handers.

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64 Responses to “Yankees sign Juan Rivera to minor league deal”

  1. PacoDooley January 28th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Cue the ‘transaction that saved the season’ jokes here…

  2. RadioKev January 28th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    None of these signings are anything to be excited about, but as we’ve seen, it can be a viable route. Cash has done a good job dumpster diving over the past three or so years. Hopefully one pans out.

  3. RadioKev January 28th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Rich in NJ January 28th, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    If Romine can’t seize the job at some point in the first half of the season, and if Cervelli can’t hold the fort in a competent way, the best case scenario is that this is finally the move that leads to a new GM with a record of building a team from scratch.
    ———

    Rich, I’m not sure that GM exists. Owners want to lock up those GMs.

  4. 4 NYY January 28th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    We got ‘em now !

    Why, we’re gettin’ younger by the minute !

  5. yankeefeminista January 28th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    OK…

  6. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Oh, man, Juan Rivera in Toronto was unfortunately a waste, but who cares?, I wasn’t ready to win then anyways.

  7. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    RadioKev

    Maybe, although I would consider giving up a prospect for the right GM, but there is an alternative. In the NFL and NBA, for example, guys who have worked under very successful GMs, who have done the kind of jobs I referenced, are often hired to fill GM jobs at another organization. So there’s that route as well.

    Then there is the possibility (I don’t know MLB rules on vertical promotions) that a GM from another team could be hired to be the president at another franchise.

    Any new hire, however, shouldn’t be the result of impulse. They should already being doing a search and letting it be known through back channels that a very lucrative vacancy could be opening in NY, so don’t commit to a new contract yet.

    With all that said, I don’t expect anything like this to happen. If Cashman if finally fired, he will probably be replaced by Eppler, or maybe Oppenheimer. The latter may be a good choice, but he doesn’t have the track record that I think they should be looking for.

  8. 4 NYY January 28th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Might as well ask a trivia question :

    Who was the first switch hitter to attain 30 hr’s and 50 2b’s in a season ?

    Hint : He’s still playing, in the A L .

  9. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    4 NYY – Otto Velez

  10. comnsnse January 28th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Retread city bombers! These “items” are like reporting fender benders on the L.I.E! The only way this roster competes this year is if the pitching is lights out with a minimum of 70 wins by the starters. Odds?

  11. Jerkface January 28th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Who was the first switch hitter to attain 30 hr’s and 50 2b’s in a season ?

    The answer is Launch Ballman

  12. comnsnse January 28th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Repeat, what Yankee ‘executive” has distinguished themselves since the core group of the 90′s.

    Let’s also remember that Crashman was ready to deal Cano and Wang to the D-backs for Johnson the year before they acquired him!

  13. 4 NYY January 28th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    jmills January 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    4 NYY – Otto Velez

    ================

    He’s out there somewhere and a F A ! Sign him !!!

  14. 4 NYY January 28th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Jerkface January 28th, 2013 at 7:01 pm
    Who was the first switch hitter to attain 30 hr’s and 50 2b’s in a season ?

    The answer is Launch Ballman

    ====================

    Dat’s da’ goil !

  15. Tar January 28th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    The Yankees have signed outfielder Juan Rivera”

    Does this mean no Julio Franco? :sad:

  16. 4 NYY January 28th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Tar January 28th, 2013 at 7:17 pm
    The Yankees have signed outfielder Juan Rivera”

    Does this mean no Julio Franco?

    =======================

    He holds the bat too high ! Wait, Youk is changing , bring him on, YES !

  17. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Juio Franco was quite the ageless wonder; I forget the old guy with the White Sox in the latter seventies who had a hit at the greatest age for then anyways. Who was he?

  18. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    “Does this mean no Julio Franco?”

    The do seem to be looking for the next Julio Franco, don’t they?

  19. 4 NYY January 28th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    Juio Franco was quite the ageless wonder; I forget the old guy with the White Sox in the latter seventies who had a hit at the greatest age for then anyways. Who was he?

    ================

    Julio was as juiced as they come !

    You’re thinking of Minnie Minoso.

  20. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    4 NYY, thanks! I was going to say Sergio Memeso or something :)

  21. blake January 28th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Well we have fake answers at catcher and the RH hitting outfielder….the one question that they have addressed at all really is who will DH vs RHP?

  22. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Adam lind…

  23. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I hope lind rebounds and has a great one like Joba. He’s one of those guys you can’t help but like even if he’s not on your team.

  24. theREALkevin January 28th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Lance Berkman- Hall of Fame. Yes/No?

  25. blake January 28th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I think Hal should have to change diaper genies until he does something to improve the team…. Cashman too

  26. blake January 28th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    theREALkevin says:
    January 28, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    Lance Berkman- Hall of Fame. Yes/No?

    No but his numbers are better than you’d think

  27. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Realkev, I’m blank for an answer. I guess we could look it up but I’m too lazy and anways, that’s cheating.

  28. blake January 28th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    @BNightengale: Not everyone is so happy about this #dodgers TV deal. #mlb http://t.co/NJoTTZ4Y

  29. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I’m just going to have to settle for, Rennie Stennet or how ever u spell him ( chronological deterioration of my neurological synapses )

  30. UnKnown January 28th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    CC should seriously just hit on the day he pitches. That would be the best.

  31. theREALkevin January 28th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Blake, yeah that’s pretty much my opinion also.

  32. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Who cares ’bout them anyways blake, I don’t have TV and u just made me feel a whole lot better regarding the matter.

  33. luis January 28th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    just a couple of thoughts….

    Rich…. I wish this means the end of the Cashman era, but i hardly think he will be booted if everything goes the wrong way with the C position…. I think Hal and him are more align that people think, it would take a nosedive of catastrophic proportions for Cashman to be axed… That might happen though in 2014.

    Juan Rivera means that no kid will break camp with the team….They love their vets, even if they are worse than their young guys… The kid would have to simply obliterate the competition in order for him to make the team, and even then he may not go north with the team.

  34. luis January 28th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    later guys… Got to go

  35. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    The longer I go on, the longer the KISS rule is in my head. Can’t spell those multifactorial discombobulations. U people r lucky Peter Bavasi was too slow not to trade Bill Singer for Ron Guidry.

  36. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Luis,…so fast?

  37. Brazen January 28th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Someone warn Jeter to hide his gloves.

  38. blake January 28th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Radio,

    When you first ask that question my initial reaction was heck no….and I don’t think he is …but the dude has a career .409 OBP and .953 OPS.

    I think he’s short on the counting stats and he didnt play premium positions….and he played in a chunk of the PED era so those things will hurt him but lance has had a real good career…,better than most

  39. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Blake, I’m totally out of it, I’m in an early eighties stats capsule as it goes. I don’t even know what half my team looks like.

  40. Against All Odds January 28th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Brazen January 28th, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    Someone warn Jeter to hide his gloves.

    ————————-

    That’s Ruben Rivera not Juan Rivera

  41. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Madonna is on the bathroom radio, I’m trying to like her but I just can’t. Pat Benetar and Blondie anytime ( throw in Rickie Lee Jones but not this crap )

  42. blake January 28th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    jmills says:
    January 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    Blake, I’m totally out of it, I’m in an early eighties stats capsule as it goes. I don’t even know what half my team looks like.

    They look good if their rotation stays healthy

  43. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Against, if u get listening to the jazz fusion Brand X of Phil Collins, give Bill Bruford a look. Wonderful drummmer, the antithesis of Keith Moon who is dear in my heart by the way.

  44. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Blake, Compass says I can have Felix come July when the proverbial wheels usually fall off.

  45. yankeefeminista January 28th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    “Free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez is getting his right meniscus repaired by one of the Marlins’ team doctors this Wednesday, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio reports (Twitter links). The right-hander is expected to be throwing at full strength within two to three weeks. Though seven teams have expressed serious interest in Vazquez, he has not made a decision about playing in 2013 as of now. Here are some more links from around MLB…”

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#4tKTAPG9CEg8k8I6.99

    Cash can only do one thing at a time. He is waiting the two to three weeks before he acts on the offense, because he is focused on signing Javy for a third time. :mrgreen:

  46. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Man, I spelled, ” drummer,” with 3 effing mmmmm’s!!!!!!

  47. blake January 28th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    “Cash can only do one thing at a time. He is waiting the two to three weeks before he acts on the offense, because he is focused on signing Javy for a third time. ”

    This would be funny if it wasn’t a possibility that it’s true. Cashman’s ode to Javy….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipqqEFoJPL4

  48. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    YF, take a look at, ” Crash Vegas, ” a band out of Hamilton I thought was from Texas.

  49. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Blake, loving the music buddy!!!!!

  50. blake January 28th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    jmills says:
    January 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm
    Blake, loving the music buddy!!!!!

    Gotta love a little BOC

  51. blake January 28th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    This song best symbolizes the Yankees offseason
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH2w6Oxx0kQ

  52. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    ” Dust in the Wind, ” is one of my favourites. I have no particular belief in a god / goddes, and as a result this song provides a good deal of solace.

  53. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    As long as we’re linking to symbolic music, this sums up my thoughts on the pitching holds the keys to the kingdom; OBP/SLG is fine in the absence of some semblance of AVG; and defensive catchers who can’t hit rock, mindset:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JEPeeohYs

  54. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I, ” believe “, goddes is spelt as goddess.

  55. blake January 28th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Rich,

    Lol

  56. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Jethro!, wanted to be a brain surgeon after only grade six!!!!!!

  57. Madrugador January 28th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Looks like the off season is getting a little long in the tooth. When do pitchers and catchers report?

  58. yankeefeminista January 28th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Keep the songs a-coming! :)

    Good to see Mayo show Mason some love, ranking him #10 in his top ten OF list. Mason will shoot up that list if he can stay healthy.

    jmills, link?

  59. yankeefeminista January 28th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Feb 12

  60. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    YF, just youtube Crash Vegas, I love the lead – she is strong man!

  61. jmills January 28th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/-.....#038;rel=0

    Here is my man, Sting – he kissed my sister dontcha’ kno?

  62. Madrugador January 28th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Well, I am in snowy Salt Lake Feb 12th but I will be thinking of the boys of summer.

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  64. Duh Innings II January 29th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Juan Rivera will put the ball in play: only 448 SO in 3787 career PA for a .118 career SO rate (SOR), 35 SO in 339 PA (.103 SOR) in 2012, so he was 11 PA shy of having a .1 / SO every 10 PA SOR.

    .274/.323/.443/.766 isn’t a great career slashline but it’s not bad either – he hits LHP well.

    He turns 35 on July 3 – not a kid anymore but not an old man yet.

    I would be very happy if he duplicated his 2012 for the Yanks with 4 homeruns and the same amount of RBI tacked on for 13 HR and 51 RBI as their fourth outfielder who gets some DH PAs.
    His career slashline would be nice.

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