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Rene Rivera | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 22 - 9:01 AM

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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.
Jul 11 - 7:10 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.
May 17 - 11:35 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.
May 14 - 10:10 PM

Rene Rivera is not in the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day of rest. Bobby Wilson is behind the dish Wednesday in Rivera's place.
May 13 - 2:58 PM

Rene Rivera is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.

This is probably a much needed off-day for Rivera, who is in the midst of an 0-for-17 slump. For the 2015 season, he's hitting a tough .128/.160/.192 over 78 at-bats. Bobby Wilson, currently in an 0-for-15 slump, will take his place.
May 5 - 3:22 PM

Rene Rivera singled in pinch-runner Tim Beckham in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

Rivera was surely happy to contribute offensively; he's batting just .135 with two doubles, three RBI and one walk in 52 at-bats for the season. Of course, the Rays care more about his defense, and they're not going to be totally surprised if last year's .252/.319/.432 line with the Padres proves to be a fluke.
Apr 23 - 10:47 PM

Rene Rivera will start at first base Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Rivera made three appearances at first base with the Padres last season, but this will be his first start at the position in the majors. The Rays are going with an all right-handed lineup against left-hander Daniel Norris: Brandon Guyer LF, Steven Souza RF, Asdrubal Cabrera DH, Evan Longoria 3B, Desmond Jennings CF, Logan Forsythe 2B, Rivera 1B, Tim Beckham SS, Bobby Wilson C.
Apr 14 - 4:03 PM

Rene Rivera went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles in Sunday's victory versus the Marlins.

Rivera hit RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings in what was yet another slugfest with the Marlins. Rivera had been 0-for-16 entering Sunday's game. The 31-year-old catcher was a surprise offensively last season, finishing with a .751 OPS, 11 home runs, and 44 RBI in 329 plate appearances for the Padres.
Apr 12 - 4:44 PM

Rene Rivera (calf) will return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday.

Rivera took swings on Monday and was given clearance to return to games following Tuesday's off day. The 31-year-old backstop has been slowed by a tight left calf for a few days.
Mar 23 - 6:42 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that Rene Rivera is currently dealing with tightness in his left calf.

Cash hopes to get him into a game as the designated hitter in a couple of days, and doesn't believe that the injury will be a major issue. Rivera is slated to be the Rays primary backstop this season, and could be a sneaky pickup in the later rounds of two-catcher formats.
Mar 21 - 10:19 AM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer Saturday against the Orioles.

A study in perseverance, Rivera had 294 at-bats for the Padres last year after collecting a total of 321 in the majors over the previous 10 seasons. He'll be the Rays' starting catcher this year, and while he shouldn't be expected to hit as well again, he'll show a little pop to go along with his strong glove.
Mar 14 - 5:13 PM

Rays and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

He can earn $200,000 more through incentives. Rivera had a mini-breakout for the Padres in 2014 and is set to serve as the Rays' regular catcher after arriving in Tampa in last month's three-team trade.
Jan 16 - 1:50 PM

Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

Rivera had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning, adding a run-scoring single in the seventh as well. Rivera has four RBI over his last two games, giving him 40 RBI on the year. He's moved into an everyday role with Yasmani Grandal manning first base, and Rivera is hitting .252/.319/.431 on the season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Luke Maile
1B1James Loney
2Richie Shaffer
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Logan Morrison
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
8Jacob Faria
9Taylor Guerrieri
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Alex Colome
4Danny Farquhar
5Steve Geltz
6Xavier Cedeno
7Matt Andriese
8Enny Romero
9Andrew Bellatti