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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
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Angels placed C Rene Rivera on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17, with right knee inflammation.
It's unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Jose Briceño is up to back up Martin Maldonado. May 20 - 1:56 PM

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Rene Rivera went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in a win over the Mariners on Sunday.

Rivera knocked an RBI double in the sixth inning and added bases-loaded single in the ninth to plate two more. Rivera has gotten starts in recent days with Martin Maldonado on bereavement leave, and he'll return to a reserve role when Maldonado returns in the coming days.
May 6 - 8:55 PM

Rene Rivera ended up 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run and four RBI in Tuesday's 13-2 blowout against the Indians.

The Puerto Rican backstop has made two starts behind the plate so far, and both have resulted in multi-hit games with three extra-base hits, three runs scored and four RBI. His calling card is his strong defensive play, but if he keeps hitting like this he might cut into the at-bats of starter Martin Maldonado. For now, treat Rivera as a No. 2 backstop in AL-only fantasy formats.
Apr 4 - 3:58 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
1B1Luis Valbuena
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Tyler Skaggs
6Nick Tropeano
7J.C. Ramirez
8Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Keynan Middleton
2Cam Bedrosian
3Blake Parker
4Jim Johnson
5Jose Alvarez
6Noe Ramirez
7Blake Wood
8Justin Anderson
9Ian Krol