Yanks sign Juan Rivera to a Minor League deal

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York filed a report a few moments ago and in it he revealed that the Yankees have signed Juan Rivera to a Minor League deal. Rivera will be competing with both Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler for the right-handed hitting outfielder slot. As everyone knows, the Yankees’ outfield is left-handed hitter heavy with Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson.

Rivera last played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. He hit .244 with nine home runs and 47 RBIs. He was injured for part of the season with a balky hamstring and played in 109 games.

Rivera who began his career with the Yankees, was traded after the 2003 season, along with Nick Johnson and Randy Choate to the Montreal Expos for Javier Vazquez. (Ahh, memories.)

In a particularly cringeworthy moment during the 2005 season, Michael Kay erroneously went on a half-inning rant mistaking Juan Rivera, then a member of the Los Angeles Angels for Ruben Rivera, the guy who stole Derek Jeter‘s glove.

I know people will be joking about this move but it’s one of those cliched “low risk, high reward” sort of thing. No one is expecting Rivera to hit 25 home runs but he’s a body and he swings from the right side. At least it’s something, right?

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

3 thoughts on “Yanks sign Juan Rivera to a Minor League deal

  1. mike

    Those 3 guys competing for that slot are all very just about average which they can get from within – I still have hope that they will pull something out of the hat late for a hopefull above average righthand hitting outfielder that can give a go at 20 homers – but…who???

  2. Mike

    Catcher, DH, and the 4th OF spot are too weak (unless someone unexpectedly steps up or they make a trade) for them to make any sort of run in the crapshoot i mean playoffs.

  3. JEP

    Can't say that a bench featuring the likes of Diaz/Canzler/Rivera, Nunez, and Stewart inspires a lot of confidence, especially on a team with a $206 million payroll. The Yankees better hope their five key players 37 and older stay healthy.

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