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Rene Rivera | Catcher | #44

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Rene Rivera went 2-for-2 with a solo homer on Tuesday in a 5-2 win over the Rockies in the Cactus League.
Rivera is off to a torrid start this spring, and now has his OPS in the Cactus League up to 2.357. That's probably not sustainable. Still, it's a quality beginning for the 34-year-old catcher as he tries to win the starting job from all-defense, very-little-hit Martin Maldonado. It'll probably be somewhat of a timeshare. Feb 27 - 5:55 PM

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Rene Rivera went 2-for-2 with a double on Sunday in a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Sunday.

The double came off of reliever Phil Maton. The well-traveled 34-year-old backstop is coming off a season where he hit 10 homers in 74 games with the Mets and Cubs in 2017. He'll get a chance to play because of his strong defense, and if he earns the full-time job over Martin Maldonado, he could provide just enough homers to be relevant in two-catcher leagues.
Feb 25 - 6:23 PM

Angels signed C Rene Rivera to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

The financial terms come from beat writer Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Rivera posted a decent .736 OPS with 10 home runs in 74 games last season between the Mets and Cubs and will serve as the primary backup to Angels starting catcher Martin Maldonado in 2018. It should be a very strong defensive duo, with Maldonado coming off a Gold Glove season and Rivera carrying an excellent reputation behind the plate.
Jan 9 - 10:44 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers are considering Rene Rivera.

He would be used as a backup to Robinson Chirinos. Rivera, 34, batted .252/.305/.431 with 10 home runs for the Mets and Cubs last season.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 04:30:00 PM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a lopsided win over the Reds on Saturday.

He drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning, then crunched a solo home run off reliever Keury Mella in the seventh. The catcher accomplished all this despite not starting the game -- he entered in relief of Wilson Contreras in the fifth inning. The Cubs are the sixth major league team Rivera has played for. He has a .252 batting average with 10 homers and 35 RBI in 74 games with the Mets and Cubs this year.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 08:24:00 PM

Rene Rivera crunched a grand slam during Saturday's win over the Braves.

His big second-inning blast off starter Lucas Sims set the tone for the day as the two teams combined to score 26 runs. The back-up catcher went 2-for-5 and scored twice on the afternoon. He now sports a .242 batting average with nine longballs and 28 RBI in 61 games.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 06:54:00 PM

Cubs claimed C Rene Rivera off of waivers from the Mets.

Rivera will provide additional depth behind the plate for the Cubs while Willson Contreras is sidelined. The 33-year-old backstop was hitting .230/.278/.391 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 174 at-bats with the Mets.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 11:38:00 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Cubs could have interest in acquiring Rene Rivera from the Mets.

The Cubs recently cut ties with Miguel Montero after he threw his teammates under the bus, so Rivera would give the club a veteran option to back up Willson Contreras. Victor Caratini is currently filling the backup role. Rivera, 33, is batting .245/.291/.395 with six homers and 20 RBI over 46 games this season.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 03:04:00 PM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three total RBI in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Giants.

With the Mets already up 1-0, Rivera bumped the lead to 3-0 with a two-run homer off Matt Moore in the second inning. He would add a solo shot in the fourth. The light-hitting backup catcher is slashing .268/.305/.423 with five homers and 19 RBI in 123 at-bats this season.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 08:01:00 PM

Rene Rivera went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday’s victory over the Angels.

Rivera now has an 11-game hitting streak going and owns a .320/.342/.427 batting line on the year. Travis d’Arnaud (wrist) began a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday, but Rivera is making a case for a bigger role upon his return.
Fri, May 19, 2017 10:38:00 PM

Rene Rivera stayed hot Tuesday with a two-run homer in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

He also drew a walk. Rivera has suddenly been the Mets' best hitter of late, as he's managed to put together a 10-game hitting streak that's pushed his average from .219 to .324. He'll continue to receive regular starts while Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) is sidelined.
Wed, May 17, 2017 12:35:00 AM

Rene Rivera went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored in a lopsided win over the Braves on Wednesday.

All three of his hits were run-scoring singles. The Mets' backup catcher has seen more duty than the club would like because of starter Travis d'Arnaud's frequent injuries. Rivera owns a .286 batting average with one homer and six RBI through 44 plate appearances. The 33-year-old journeyman is unlikely to accrue much fantasy value this season.
Thu, May 4, 2017 12:48:00 AM

Mets and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Rivera saw more and more playing time down the stretch for the Mets this past season, although he batted only .222/.291/.341. He figures to share catching duties with Travis d'Arnaud in 2017.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News doesn't expect the Mets to bring back Rene Rivera.

Rivera is projected to net $2.2 million in arbitration this winter, which is probably more than the Mets are willing to spend on a backup catcher. Ackert also expects the Mets to move on from utility man Kelly Johnson unless they can sign him on a cheap one-year deal. Rivera hit .222 this past season while serving as Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Mets Terry Collins said Wednesday that Rene Rivera and Travis d'Arnaud will likely split playing time down the stretch.

"The guys who are producing runs are the guys who are going to get in there," Collins said, "because that is how we are going to win." Collins is really just saying publicly what has already been obvious with his lineups, as Rivera has actually started three of the last four games. D'Arnaud hasn't been bad at the plate since returning from a shoulder injury in late June but has struggled to hit for power. It's a situation to avoid fantasy-wise if you're in a mixed league.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
3Carlos Perez
4Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2Chris Carter
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Kaleb Cowart
3Colin Walsh
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
3Jabari Blash
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Parker Bridwell
6Tyler Skaggs
7J.C. Ramirez
8Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
R1Blake Parker
2Cam Bedrosian
3Keynan Middleton
4Jim Johnson
5Blake Wood
6Jose Alvarez
7Luke Bard
8Felix Pena
9Noe Ramirez
10Ian Krol