Rene Rivera
Rene Rivera
35-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rene Rivera in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Angels in January of 2018. Waived by the Angels in August of 2018. Claimed off waivers by the Braves in August of 2018.
Acquired by Braves
CAtlanta Braves  
August 29, 2018
Rivera was acquired off waivers by the Braves on Wednesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
It's unclear how Rivera fits into the picture in Atlanta, as the team already has two solid catchers in Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers. He'll at least provide catching depth in the final month of the season for the Braves, but between his uncertain role and his weak bat (a career .221/.272/.354 slash line), it's hard to see him having much fantasy value. The move leaves Francisco Arcia as the primary catcher for the Angels.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .749 137 8 6 13 0 .242 .314 .435
Since 2016vs Right .669 398 35 14 59 0 .236 .288 .381
2018vs Left .523 36 1 1 2 0 .182 .250 .273
2018vs Right .800 55 7 3 9 0 .264 .291 .509
2017vs Left .753 59 5 4 6 0 .232 .271 .482
2017vs Right .730 178 18 6 29 0 .259 .316 .414
2016vs Left .943 42 2 1 5 0 .314 .429 .514
2016vs Right .556 165 10 5 21 0 .200 .256 .300
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2016Home .724 275 27 11 40 0 .246 .299 .425
Since 2016Away .652 260 16 9 32 0 .228 .290 .363
2018Home .545 41 2 2 5 0 .175 .195 .350
2018Away .818 50 6 2 6 0 .283 .340 .478
2017Home .795 128 16 5 20 0 .283 .320 .475
2017Away .665 109 7 5 15 0 .214 .287 .378
2016Home .706 106 9 4 15 0 .228 .314 .391
2016Away .558 101 3 2 11 0 .215 .267 .290
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Rivera was signed by the Angels in January to provide a defensively savvy veteran backup to Martin Maldonado. Between stops with the Mets and Cubs in 2017, Rivera hit .252/.302/.431 in his age-33 season over a combined 237 plate appearances. Most likely, he'll be limited to one or two starts each week, perhaps the personal catcher for assigned member of the Angels' starting rotation, but there is little reason to think he'll take on a larger role as long as Maldonado is healthy.
Despite a solid spring training showing, Rivera was released by the Rays within a week of Opening Day. He ultimately signed a minor league deal with the Mets, and following an injury to starter Travis d'Arnaud, Rivera made his way up to the major league squad before the end of April and stayed there for the remainder of the season. The fact that he wasn't sent back down spoke more to fellow catcher Kevin Plawecki's struggles rather than Rivera taking the job by storm, as the 33-year-old hit just .222 and struck out in over a quarter of his plate appearances. It doesn't come as much of a surprise as he's always been viewed as more of a defensive catcher. However, there were some bright spots on the offensive side, as he mashed left-handed pitching to the tune of a .314/.429/.514 slash line, albeit in just 42 plate appearances. The Mets brought him back to be d'Arnaud's backup in 2017, so he should play once or twice a week.
One of the top assets that landed in Tampa Bay from the Wil Myers trade, Rivera entered 2015 as the Rays’ clear starting catcher. What happened after could be politely described as disaster. The 32-year-old spent zero days with his batting average above the Mendoza Line and finished the season with .178/.213/.275 line that wouldn’t be justifiable for even the most defensively skilled catchers. Rivera lost the starting job to the surging Curt Casali in August and never got it back, even when Casali had his season ended by a hamstring injury. Instead, J.P. Arencibia turned in one of the best months of his career and took the starting job for the season’s final month. Rivera wasn’t even the sole backup, as rookie Luke Maile was given nine starts. Rivera will likely hit 2016 as a favored backup behind Curt Casali, but the presence of Maile and top prospect Justin O’Conner means that Rivera’s chances at future playing time will only dwindle as long as his bat remains anemic.
Emerging from spring training as the Padres' safety net behind fellow catchers Yasmani Grandal and Nick Hundley, Rivera got the nod on Opening Night and quickly established himself as the preferred backstop of Andrew Cashner. Rivera made inroads with Tyson Ross as well, and after San Diego sent Hundley to the Orioles on May 24, Rivera more or less established an even timeshare with Grandal. As the season rolled along, Grandal was forced to man first base out of necessity due to the season-ending forearm strain suffered by Yonder Alonso in mid-August, allowing Rivera near everyday nods behind the plate. Rivera slogged through the first three-plus months in typical fashion, but after the All-Star break, he slashed a more-than-respectable .280/.354/.439 with five homers in 157 at-bats. Following an offseason trade to Tampa Bay, Rivera should see an immediate opportunity to serve as the primary catcher in his new home, where he'll presumably work ahead of Curt Casali on the depth chart.
Rivera got playing time in the majors last season with Joe Mauer missing much of the season due to injury. However, he'll likely be the main catcher at Triple-A Rochester this season. His prospects for playing time in the majors have diminished with the Twins signing Ryan Doumit and J.R. Towles, and with Drew Butera remaining on the roster.
Rivera will reprise his role as Kenji Johjima's back-up, awaiting the arrival of either Jeff Clement or Rob Johnson. Neither of those two will come this year, though. Rivera will adequately spell Johjima behind the plate and try not to kill too many Mariners rallies with his weak bat. He has no power and poor plate discipline. Rivera will give Johjima a day off once or twice a week.
Rivera hit .396/.408/.521 in 48 at-bats last season with the Mariners, but those stats are misleading. He doesn't have great plate discipline as he struck out 11 times to one walk. At Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tacoma he combined for 47 strikeouts and nine walks. Rivera is a good defensive catcher, but he isn't projected to be more than an average hitter. He'll likely make the team as Kenji Johjima's backup, though, as Yorvit Torrealba, Wiki Gonzalez and Miguel Ojeda were jettisoned.
A second-round pick in 2001, Rivera was a late-season call-up last season for insurances purposes more than anything else. He's considered a quality catch-and-throw prospect who could turn out to be a decent hitter eventually, but is still a couple of years away from being proficient enough with the bat.
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Receives day off Saturday
CLos Angeles Angels  
August 25, 2018
Rivera is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Rests in series finale
CLos Angeles Angels  
August 19, 2018
Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
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Blasts game-winning homer
CLos Angeles Angels  
August 15, 2018
Rivera went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in Wednesday's win over the Padres.
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Activated; in Wednesday's lineup
CLos Angeles Angels  
August 15, 2018
Rivera (knee) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and will bat sixth and catch against San Diego on Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Set to start rehab stint
CLos Angeles Angels  
August 6, 2018
Rivera (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
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