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The Dodgers sign Juan Rivera for one year, $4.5 million

Nov 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to one-year, $4.5 million contract. The deal is, as always, pending a physical. The $4.5 million is a pay cut from the $5.25 million he made in 2011.

Rivera split time between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers last year, coming to L.A. in a midseason trade after the Jays DFA’d him. Last winter he was part of the Mike Napoli/Vernon Wells deal, moving from Anaheim to Toronto.

In 521 overall plate appearances he hit .258/.319/.382 with 11 homers. He can play some first base too, so he’s a credible bench/utility guy even if the hitting doesn’t improve enough to justify a starting corner outfield job. Which it probably won’t, but he’s not chopped liver either.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 3, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Congratulations to Rivera. It is nice that he has found a home. He was not a fit in Toronto. The Jays only took him because the Angels wanted to dump his contract as part of the Wells trade.

  2. SmackSaw - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    He’ll help. It’ll let Jerry Sands develop.

  3. dodger88 - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    It’s a good signing if Rivera serves as insurance for Jerry Sands in LF and a platoon partner for Loney and/or Ethier. If he ends up starting 125+ games we’re in trouble especially since the pending ownership sale likely means no big signings until next year (although I am still praying for Prince Fielder).

  4. hep3 - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Rivera runs like a bus with flat tires, is a statue in the outfield, a lousy glove at firstbase and an undisciplined hitter. For $4.5 million are we really sure McCourt is gone?

    A player like Reed Johnson would provide more assets at less than one third of the price.

    Oops, I guess they still have Ned Colletti in the front office wasting money whenever possible.

    I am sure Colletti will make sure Rivera is in the best shape of his life when he gets to spring training, though.

    • aaronmoreno - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      The problem with a signing like this is that it will be treated as a significant move, with the salary invested enough to preclude the Dodgers from getting anything better.

      Keep the veteran for the prestige, and pay him enough so we don’t have to pay anyone else.

  5. lanflfan - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Too much money for not enough production. I don’t mind see Rivera back, but unless he has a pretty big year, that’s way too much for “veterany goodness”.

    I’d like to think this is the last move Ned makes as GM, but I know he’ll be in place for awhile longer.

  6. kountryking - Nov 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Wouldn’t it be great to have Peter O’Malley as the Dodgers’ new owner. Then if he’d move the team back to Brooklyn…

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