Skip to content

Dodgers, Juan Rivera closing in on new contract

Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants Getty Images

With free agency set to begin on Thursday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and Juan Rivera are closing in on a new contract. The two sides are discussing a one-year deal with a club option for 2013.

Rivera was acquired from Blue Jays in July after being designated for assignment. The 33-year-old batted .258/.319/.382 with 11 home runs, 74 RBI and a .704 OPS over 521 plate appearances this season, including a .740 OPS with Los Angeles. He doesn’t qualify for free agent compensation.

Assuming they get a deal done, Rivera will likely see most of his playing time in left field next season. He could also be an option at first base if the Dodgers non-tender James Loney.

  1. SmackSaw - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    He had a better year than Vernon Wells. Solid signing.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Will Stanton worry about future beanings?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (3490)
  2. J. Hamilton (2449)
  3. A. Rizzo (2443)
  4. G. Holland (2437)
  5. B. Gardner (2310)
  1. B. Belt (2153)
  2. R. Castillo (2147)
  3. D. Pedroia (2100)
  4. A. Pujols (2059)
  5. C. Young (1940)