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Yankees release Juan Rivera, will keep Lyle Overbay

Mar 28, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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It’s not a good sign when a team that’s wrecked by injuries and looking everywhere for lineup help decides you’re not worth keeping around, but that’s exactly what just happened to Juan Rivera.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Yankees have released Rivera, who signed a minor-league contract in late January.

New York has added Brennan Boesch, Vernon Wells, and Lyle Overbay since signing Rivera, but there was still a place for him if they thought he could hit. At age 34 that’s in serious question, as Rivera batted just .244 with a .661 OPS in 109 games for the Dodgers last season and hasn’t topped a .750 OPS since 2009.

Overbay looks likely to be the Opening Day first baseman now, being handed the starting job three days after signing with the Yankees.

  1. ocon171 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Trading for Vernon wells. Starting washed up overbay 3 days after signing him…These ain’t your daddy’s Yankees and I for one couldn’t be happier

    • jerze2387 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      actually i think the problem is that they ARE your daddys yankees. LITERALLY.

      • bigharold - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        That’s messed up, .. funny but messed up.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Overbay and Wells together again in quest of a Blue Jays pennant. Awesome!

    • kevinbnyc - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      They’ll probably contribute more to a Blue Jays pennant this year than when they played for the Jays!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM


  3. jerze2387 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    So if cervelli and stewart dont cut it at C, ww’ll probably see Yogi Berra behind the plate i guess. Or maybe Sandy Alomar Jr, if they wanna go younger

    • anxovies - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      I hear Jorge is tan, rested and ready.

  4. uyf1950 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Well it looks like this will be the starting 9 I guess for opening day plus CC, although not in order:
    Overbay – 1st base
    Cano – 2nd base
    Nunez – SS
    Youkilis – 3rd base
    Ichiro – RF
    Gardner – CF
    Francisco OR Wells – LF
    Wells OR Francisco – DH
    Cervelli OR Stewart – Catching
    CC – Pitching

    I must say that’s a line up that brings teams to my eyes. You can decide if they are tears of joy OR tears of sadness.

    Injecting just a bit of humor into this comment. I guess $210,000,000 plus doesn’t buy as much as it used to. Onward and upward come the beginning of the regular season.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      I prefer Wells in LF. They need an angel in the outfield.

  5. hitdog042 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Watch him homer vs the Sox Monday. That sounds about right. smh

  6. pisano - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    I guess Rivera isn’t old enough for Cashman, I don’t get it, the guy hits .300 and gets cut, so it has to be that he’s not close enough to forty years old to make this team.

  7. randygnyc - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Rivera was let go purely because of his defense. He wasn’t serviceable at first base. He couldn’t catch a cold there this spring.

  8. cackalackyank - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Yeah the opening day lineup is just pushing the limits of my gag reflex. In all honesty I think the lineup on most of those ’80’s teams that didn’t make the playoffs were way better than that list. The only saving grace may be the starting pitching, as long as they hold up. Rivera was not really starting lineup material, but neither is Overbay. Too bad the Yankees don’t have a guy who can play a respectable 1st base and a corner outfield spot that has some power. Oh wait…

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