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Rene Rivera | Catcher | #44

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (0) / SEA
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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. Dec 2 - 12:42 PM

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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.
Nov 26 - 4:45 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.
Sep 16 - 9:45 AM

Rene Rivera went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

It was the only run the Mets mustered on the day, and Rivera had three of the club's 10 hits. Unfortunately, the catcher also made a costly blunder on defense in the top of the ninth inning, waiting for a bunted ball to go foul rather than just picking it up and taking the out. It didn't go foul, and the Rockies wound up taking the lead.
Jul 28 - 4:29 PM

Rene Rivera had three hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning, as the Mets edged the Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday.

Rivera, getting a spot start behind the dish, had three of the Mets' eight hits on the evening, and his single in the ninth inning against Cubs closer Hector Rondon plated Neil Walker to give the Mets a decisive lead. A backup to Travis d'Arnaud, Rivera is hitting .217/.290/.337 overall. Tuesday's heroics are a nice feather in the cap for the 32-year-old.
Jul 19 - 11:00 PM

Mets purchased the contract of C Rene Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets tipped their hand last night when Rivera was pulled from a game in Las Vegas. Rivera was hitting .280 at the time of his call-up. The 32-year-old will back up Kevin Plawecki while Travis d'Arnaud is out with a shoulder injury.
Apr 26 - 2:51 PM

Rene Rivera was pulled from a game with Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

Travis d'Arnaud was forced to exit Monday's game against the Reds with right shoulder discomfort and this would seem to indicate that the Mets are prepared for a stint on the disabled list. Rivera batted just .178/.213/.275 last season with the Rays and would likely function as a backup to Kevin Plawecki.
Apr 25 - 11:32 PM

Mets signed C Rene Rivera to a minor league contract.

Rivera was released by the Rays at the end of spring training. The veteran catcher batted just .178/.213/.275 in 319 plate appearances last season for Tampa Bay.
Apr 5 - 5:20 PM

Rays released C Rene Rivera.

This means the Rays will open the 2016 regular season with Curt Casali and Hank Conger manning the catcher position. Rivera, 32, batted just .178/.213/.275 across 319 plate appearances last season for Tampa Bay.
Mar 30 - 3:36 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Rays have released catcher Rene Rivera.

Cutting him loose would allow the Rays to save three-quarters of his $1.7 million salary for 2016. Rivera was acquired from the Padres last winter in the Wil Myers deal, but he struggled to the tune of a .178/.213/.275 batting line last season. The Rays will go into the year with Curt Casali and Hank Conger behind the plate.
Mar 30 - 3:23 PM

Rays and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.7 million contract.

Rivera was arguably the worst hitter in baseball in 2015, batting .178/.213/.275 over 319 plate appearances. He doesn't figure to get that much playing time in 2016.
Jan 15 - 1:17 PM

Rene Rivera said Monday that he's disappointed with his playing time with the Rays.

Rivera was expected to be the primary catcher for the Rays after coming over in the Wil Myers deal, but he lost his starting job after a miserable first half and now the Rays are giving opportunities to J.P. Arencibia and Luke Maile. "I feel like if you are going to give the opportunity to a guy, you should stick with him and help him get through slumps," said Rivera. "The first half I played a lot and I didn't do right as a hitter. But I feel like the second half would be better, and I didn't have the chance to do it." After a solid season with the Padres in 2014, Rivera is batting just .180 with five home runs and a .493 OPS this season. He's making $1.2 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 09:01:00 AM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in Saturday's win over the Astros.

Rivera's two-run single in the second inning opened the scoring in the contest. The two ribbies pushed his season total to 24. He's hitting just .185/.221/.306 over 222 at-bats and can safely be avoided in all fantasy formats.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 07:10:00 PM

Rene Rivera is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Bobby Wilson is behind the plate while Rivera rests.
Sun, May 17, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Rene Rivera contributed a three-run homer and an RBI single Thursday versus the Yankees.

Rivera drove in his first runs since April 24 and collected his first multihit game since April 12. He entered the night with a .126/.178/.200 line in 95 at-bats. The Rays like his defense, though.
Thu, May 14, 2015 10:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
3Ty Kelly
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Michael Conforto
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
3Wulimer Becerra
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Hansel Robles
4Josh Edgin
5Sean Gilmartin
6Gabriel Ynoa
7Josh Smoker
8Erik Goeddel
9Jenrry Mejia