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Juan Rivera | Outfielder

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/3/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Diamondbacks signed OF/1B Juan Rivera to a minor league contract.
It took Rivera a month to find a job after being released by the Yankees. The veteran will go to extended spring training for 7-10 days before heading to Triple-A Reno. He'll be an option for the D'Backs bench eventually. Tue, Apr 30, 2013 10:59:00 PM

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Yankees released OF-1B Juan Rivera.

This opens things up at first base for Lyle Overbay, who will get the majority of starts until Mark Teixeira returns in late May or early June from his wrist injury. Rivera batted .244/.286/.375 with nine home runs and 47 RBI in 109 games last season for the Dodgers.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 03:31:00 PM

The Yankees plan to give Juan Rivera a longer look at first base.

General manager Brian Cashman said last week that he views Rivera as "more of an outfielder" than a first baseman, but the club is obviously not dismissing the idea of using the 34-year-old at first. Rivera started at first base Sunday and went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Juan Rivera went 3-for-4 and doubled in all three Yankees runs Sunday against the Blue Jays.

The Yankees see Rivera as more of a left fielder than a first baseman, which works out OK since both spots are open right now. It'd be a big surprise if he isn't in the starting lineup come Opening Day, and he should have a little value in AL-only leagues early on.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 04:43:00 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he views Juan Rivera as "more of an outfielder" than a first baseman.

"I don’t look at him as a first baseman," Cashman said. "I know he played first with the Dodgers, but in fairness, we have to evaluate everything. If I have our people tell me it’s a logical, legitimate one to look at, then I’ll be comfortable looking at it. I haven’t heard that yet and I haven’t asked anybody." The comment would seem to indicate that Rivera will mostly see time filling in for Curtis Granderson, rather than Mark Teixeira. Dan Johnson and Kevin Youkilis are the club's main in-house options to fill in at first.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 09:48:00 PM

Juan Rivera went 2-for-3 with a double on Friday and is 6-for-13 so far this spring.

Rivera has to be considered the favorite to start in left field on Opening Day with Curtis Granderson out of the Yankees lineup. He probably won't be of any use in AL-only leagues for the long haul, but it might be worth a couple of bucks to get his April stats.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 04:27:00 PM

Yankees signed OF/1B Juan Rivera to a minor league contract.

The deal includes a spring training invite, where he'll compete with the likes of Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler for a gig as a right-handed hitting outfielder. Rivera originally signed by the Yankees back in 1996 and played his first three seasons in the majors with the club. Now 34 years old, he batted just .244/.286/.375 with nine home runs and a .661 OPS in 91 games with the Dodgers last season while splitting time between left field and first base.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 04:57:00 PM

Dodgers declined OF/1B Juan Rivera's $4 million club option for 2013.

Rivera will receive a $500,000 buyout and test free agency. The 34-year-old batted just .244/.286/.375 with nine home runs, 47 RBI and a .661 OPS in 339 plate appearances this year.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 05:42:00 PM

Juan Rivera delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as the Dodgers came back to beat the Cardinals 4-3 on Saturday.

Luis Cruz delivered a game-tying double over the head of center fielder Jon Jay with two outs in the ninth. The Dodgers then sent up Rivera to pinch-hit for A.J. Ellis. He hit a looping liner to second that bounced off the glove of a leaping Daniel Descalso, allowing Cruz to score from second. The win moves the Dodgers into a tie with the Cardinals for the second wild card spot at 76-70.
Sun, Sep 16, 2012 01:11:00 AM

Juan Rivera belted a two-run homer, helping to lead the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Marlins in Miami on Friday.

Rivera finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk. His two-run blast off Mark Buehrle capped off a four-run sixth inning that gave the Dodgers the lead and eventually the game. The veteran outfielder is hitting .247 with six homers and 37 RBI in 78 games.
Fri, Aug 10, 2012 10:53:00 PM

Juan Rivera hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 8-3, 12-inning win over the Mets.

Rivera took Jon Niese deep in the fourth inning. His fifth bomb of the season was his second since the All-Star break, but also just his second since June 12. With the Dodgers rounding back to full health, Rivera is little more than a bench option in NL-only leagues.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 06:20:00 PM

Juan Rivera cranked a game-winning three-run homer in the eighth inning Tuesday against the Angels.

Rivera took advantage of Angels manager Mike Scioscia's slow trigger-finger and Jerome Williams' fatigue in clearing the bases in a 2-2 game. Overall, Rivera was 2-for-4. Because of his inconsistent playing time, Rivera is only useful in NL-only leagues.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 01:09:00 AM

Dodgers activated OF Juan Rivera from the disabled list.

The veteran outfielder has been on the disabled list since May 9 suffering from a ruptured left hamstring tendon. In his return to the Dodgers, he'll back up corner outfielders Bobby Abreu and Andre Ethier. Rivera was hitting .247/.276/.358 when he hit the shelf.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 02:22:00 PM

Juan Rivera (hamstring) will not be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Rivera was re-evaluated Friday in Colorado after playing four minor league rehab games. He'll either stay with the Dodgers through the weekend or play another rehab game or two. If all goes well, he'll be activated from the disabled list when the team begins a four-game series with the Phillies on Monday.
Sat, Jun 2, 2012 12:20:00 AM

Juan Rivera (hamstring) will not be activated from the disabled list Friday as originally hoped.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the outfielder was "sore" and "tentative" Wednesday in his first rehab game with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The good news is that Rivera was back in the lineup Thursday for Rancho Cucamonga and homered in one of his four at-bats. It shouldn't be long before he's ready.
Fri, Jun 1, 2012 10:17:00 AM

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C1Alex Avila
2Jeff Mathis
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Christian Walker
2B1Ketel Marte
2Chris Owings
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Deven Marrero
3B1Jake Lamb
2Daniel Descalso
LF1Steven Souza
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Jon Jay
3Jarrod Dyson
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Taijuan Walker
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
7Matt Koch
8Clay Buchholz
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Archie Bradley
3Yoshihisa Hirano
4Andrew Chafin
5Jorge De La Rosa
6Fernando Salas
7T.J. McFarland
8Silvino Bracho
9Randall Delgado