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Felipe Rivero | Relief Pitcher | #73

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 209
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TB
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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates are signing Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2022 and 2023.
The new contract buys out all of the closer's arbitration years and potentially two free agent years. Rosenthal says Rivero will be guaranteed at least $22 million in the deal and that the options are each worth $10 million. It's a bit of good news for Pirates fans on a day when they traded franchise icon Andrew McCutchen to the Giants. Rivero has emerged as one of the elite relievers in the game, having put up a 1.67 ERA and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in 2017. Jan 15 - 5:38 PM

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Felipe Rivero requested $2.9 million and was offered $2.4 million by the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Rivero is eligible for arbitration for the first time. The 26-year-old broke out as one of the better closers in the league last year by saving 21 games and notching a 1.67 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings.
Jan 12 - 6:36 PM

Felipe Rivero said Saturday that he's open to a long-term deal with the Pirates and that his agent will meet with the club at the upcoming Winter Meetings.

Rivero excelled as the Pirates' closer in 2017, posting a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and currently under team control through the 2021 season.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 10:23:00 AM

Felipe Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals to earn his 21st save of the season.

Rivero struck out one and needed just nine pitches to finish off the Nats. The 26-year-old has been everything the Bucs had hoped he would be when they acquired him from said Nationals last season, owning a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings this year.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 10:48:00 PM

Felipe Rivero notched his 20th save of the season by firing a scoreless frame against the Orioles on Wednesday.

He made things interesting by surrendering a one-out double to Anthony Santander but was able to strike out the next batter and then end the game with a fly ball to center field. The former National has been one of the best closers in baseball since he took over the ninth inning from Tony Watson early in the summer. He now owns a 1.70 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:18:00 PM

Felipe Rivero earned his 19th save of the season Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Rivero retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, two via strikeout. The hard-throwing 26-year-old left-hander owns an excellent 1.72 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 86/20 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this season with Pittsburgh and he should rank as a top-tier fantasy closer (or close to it) leading into 2018.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Felipe Rivero worked a scoreless ninth inning Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Brewers.

It was a non-save situation with Pittsburgh leading 7-0. Rivero, who hadn't pitched in six days, now boasts a 1.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 83/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings this season out of the Pirates' bullpen.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 11:17:00 PM

Felipe Rivero posted a dominant 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch his 18th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

The Cubs had no chance against "Nightmare," as Jason Heyward and Jon Jay went down swinging and Albert Almora grounded out. Rivero threw 10 of 11 pitches for strikes to seal the one-run victory. He and Wade LeBlanc combined to threw four perfect innings in relief of Steven Brault, who was shaky over five frames.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 09:57:00 PM

Felipe Rivero will be unavailable Monday.

Rivero has pitched each of the last two games and threw 31 pitches on Sunday, so the Pirates will back off him. Daniel Hudson is likely to fill in if a save chance presents itself.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Felipe Rivero earned his 17th save of the year Sunday against the Reds.

Rivero gave up an unearned run on two walks and a hit in a messy 31-pitch top of the ninth inning, but he was ultimately able to finish the job. The hard-throwing left-hander boasts a 1.47 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 80/19 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings this season for Pittsburgh.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 04:37:00 PM

Felipe Rivero tallied his 16th save of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Reds.

Rivero gave up a one-out single to Patrick Kivlehan and a two-out walk to Joey Votto, but he induced a game-ending groundout from Adam Duvall to protect the Bucs' three-run lead. The hard-throwing left-hander boasts a 1.25 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 77/17 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Felipe Rivero struck out the side in order to earn a save against the Reds on Saturday.

Called upon to protect a one-run lead against the heart of the Reds' batting order, Rivero made it look easy by punching out Jose Peraza, Joey Votto and Adam Duvall to slam the door. Rivero has leap-frogged his way near the top of the list of the best closers in the game with his dominant performance this year. He has 15 saves in 16 chances since taking over the ninth inning from Tony Watson. He has a magnificent 1.27 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 16 walks in 63 2/3 innings.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 09:39:00 PM

Felipe Rivero shut down the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, picking up his 14th save of the season.

Tasked with protecting a three-run lead, Rivero made things interesting by allowing a walk and a single, but was able to escape without any damage. He owns a spectacular 1.31 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 73/16 K/BB ratio across 61 2/3 innings on the season.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 10:09:00 PM

Felipe Rivero allowed one hit but no runs in the ninth inning to earn a save against the Blue Jays on Friday.

He surrendered a two-out single to Kevin Pillar but was able to strike out Rob Refsnyder to end the game. He now has 12 saves in 13 chances since grabbing the closer role away from Tony Watson. The 26-year-old left-hander has a 1.21 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 15 walks in 59 1/3 innings.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 10:30:00 PM

Felipe Rivero slammed the door on the Tigers on Tuesday, retiring all three hitters he faced in order to protect a three-run advantage.

Rivero struck out one in his perfect inning, earning his 10th save in the process. He has been brilliant throughout this season, compiling a 1.25 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 68/15 K/BB ratio across 57 2/3 innings.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 10:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Elias Diaz
3Jacob Stallings
4Ryan Lavarnway
1B1Josh Bell
2Jose Osuna
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
3Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1David Freese
2Colin Moran
3Jung Ho Kang
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Adam Frazier
3Jordan Luplow
4Todd Cunningham
CF1Starling Marte
2Austin Meadows
3Jason Martin
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Daniel Nava
3Bryce Brentz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ivan Nova
2Jameson Taillon
3Chad Kuhl
4Trevor Williams
5Joe Musgrove
6Tyler Glasnow
7Dario Agrazal
8Luis Escobar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Rivero
2Michael Feliz
3George Kontos
4Edgar Santana
5A.J. Schugel
6Jordan Milbrath
7Steven Brault
8Josh Smoker
9Nik Turley
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Jack Leathersich
12Kyle Crick
13Nick Burdi
14Richard Rodriguez