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.
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?