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Rene Rivera | Catcher | #7

Team: Chicago Cubs
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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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. Sep 30 - 8:24 PM

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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.
Sep 2 - 6:54 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.
Aug 19 - 11:38 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.
Jul 25 - 3:04 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.
Jun 25 - 8:01 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.
May 19 - 10:38 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.
May 17 - 12:35 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.
May 4 - 12:48 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

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.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 04:29:00 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.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:00:00 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.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 02:51:00 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.
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 11:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Alex Avila
3Rene Rivera
4Victor Caratini
5Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Ian Happ
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
3Leonys Martin
RF1Jason Heyward
2Mike Freeman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Jake Arrieta
4Kyle Hendricks
5John Lackey
6Jen-Ho Tseng
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Justin Wilson
4Pedro Strop
5Hector Rondon
6Koji Uehara
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Dillon Maples
10Rob Zastryzny
11Mike Montgomery