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Rene Rivera | Catcher | #44

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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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

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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

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.
Wed, May 13, 2015 02:58:00 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.
Tue, May 5, 2015 03:22:00 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.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 10:47:00 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.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 04:03:00 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.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
3Ty Kelly
LF1Michael Conforto
2Alejandro De Aza
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Bartolo Colon
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Logan Verrett
7Jim Henderson
8Jenrry Mejia