Dec
22

Yanks sign Mike Rivera to a minor league deal

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Via MLBTR, the Yankees have signed catcher Mike Rivera to a minor league contract. Rivera has spent the last four years with the Brewers and is a career .244-.305-.383 hitter. It’s just a depth signing, a veteran to stash away in Triple-A to mentor Jesus Montero and have around should Jorge Posada hit the disabled list again.

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  • Head Scratcher

    Anybody think the Jesus is ready for the big time next year? With Rivera helping him, I think he’ll be a September call up.

    • ecksodia

      At most I think all they’ll give him a few major league at-bats in September, but no extended playing time, especially since this might be a close race between the us and the Red Sox.

      I think he’ll need one more year before he’s truly ready.

      • kate hudson’s inability to keep a man

        Red Sox? I really don’t see them being a legitimate threat this year. They got a 1st baseman playing catcher, a utility guy playing SS, and a CF in left playing 1/2 his games in front of a 40 ft wall negating any sort of impressive defensive acronym that only internet guys pay attention to. Then they lose Bay’s production and most likely Lowell’s, plus there’s that throttling-down-to-earth big Papi. They do have a very, very strong starting pitching staff but they’ve only lost bullpen arms, not gained any. Add it all up, and you get a Boston team that is barely on my radar. I’m watching Baltimore and Tampa as the legit contenders — seriously.

        Oh and I don’t see Montero getting any at-bats this year. He’s still really young, we’re very strong a catcher, we also need to figure out what to do with Molina, give Jorge a decreased workload he’s satisfied with, and Cervelli and Romine are in line ahead of ol’ Jeebus. With 4 of the Yankees top ten prospects sitting behind the dish, I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Yanks started giving him a look in RF for handful of games. Big time hitter in RF with a catcher’s arm? Sounds good to me.

        Add to that his body type is similar to Mauer’s and Mauer, despite his MVP campaign, is facing some nagging injuries that should slow him down in the coming seasons. Asking that big frame to squat for 3 hours and stop 95 mph fastballs 100+ times a year takes it toll.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

          defensive acronym

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism

          ;)

          But, seriously, I get where you’re coming from.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Despite their size similarities, Jesus is not half the athlete that Joe Mauer is. He is slow. Really, really slow.

        • dalelama

          I respectfully disagree. As pitching is 80% of the game and perhaps, even more crucial in the post season the Red Sux could easily qualify as a wild card. Then in a short post season series their pitching advantage is leveraged and anything is possible.

        • ecksodia

          I disagree on the Red Sox not being legit contenders. You have good points concerning the loss of offensive production, but that starting lineup is good enough to win them a lot of games throughout the regular season; they’ll still beat up on inferior competition. I think where the loss of offensive production for them comes in is in the margin of their victories (they were +100 last year, I believe), while the improved starting pitching will help normalize that, if you will.

          Big Papi went on a tear during the latter part of the season; not saying he’ll continue that, but I would think it’s too early to completely write him off.

          About Montero, that’s probably what they intend to do if he really can’t stick behind the plate, but didn’t a previous post say his defense was improving? If his defense passable, or at least slightly below average, the Yankees will probably still stick with him.

        • pete

          and Cervelli and Romine are in line ahead of ol’ Jeebus.
          no they aren’t. cervelli is in line as backup catcher, sure. romine is starting a full level below jesus, though. I agree in regards to him remaining at catcher – why risk hurting his offensive production, especially when you have so many other young catchers? But as for now, with RF, LF (I assume), 1B, 3B, and DH locked up for the next couple of seasons, I don’t see him moving off just yet. Having the ability to catch as a semi-backup who can actually hit (a la v-mart) has a lot of value. I do see him eventually being the full-time DH who can also spell 1B, C, RF, and LF, albeit with probably poor defense.

          As for the sox, though, what planet are you on? Sure their offense doesn’t stack up against ours, but, at least as of right now, our pitching doesn’t stack up against theirs. And their offense is still fairly solid – Youkilis, Drew, and Pedroia are among the league’s most productive players, offense and defense included, and they get good production out of CF (and I don’t think it’s at all unreasonable to expect a defensive rebound from Ellsbury, which would make him one of the most productive CFs in the game). Cameron is an underrated hitter and even more underrated as an overall producer, and while Papi started off horrifically last year, he ended up with similar numbers to matsui/swisher. He’s a shell of what he once was, but he is still a reasonable option at DH. And while V-mart is far from ideal as a defensive catcher, he still ranks consistently among the top offensive producers at that position.

          A lineup of Pedroia-Drew-Youkilis-Martinez-Ortiz-Lowell-Cameron-Scutaro-Ellsbury isn’t historically good, but it’s a good lineup. Throw in the fact that they will have exceptional defense at 1B, 2B, LF, RF, and very possibly CF, and solid-good defense at SS to compliment their strong rotation, and you have a very good team. And that’s assuming they don’t find a way to add Adrian Gonzalez.

          I agree that Tampa will also be a strong contender this year, as their pitching depth is virtually unmatched in baseball. As for Baltimore, though, I wouldn’t count on it just yet. I’d say they’re an above .500 team this year, and a 90 win team in 2011, and after that, there will ostensibly be at least 4 truly competitive teams in the AL East. It will be awesome.

    • Bo

      I could see him moving up quickly but if they are serious about him being a catcher like he should be at this point he needs the full yr in AAA.

  • Carl

    Yanks just locked up 28.

  • Jake H

    I’m just glad I didn’t stay up to see the Yanks sign this guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I thought it was supposed to be a pitcher?

    • Carl

      This happened before that report came out.

  • Chris

    So this is the big acquisition that everyone was waiting for last night? Kind of a let down.

    Seriously, I expect him to play the same role as Kevin Cash did last year.

    • Jersey

      In other words, pivotal. I agree.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Seriously, I expect him to play the same role as Kevin Cash did last year.

      While being a better player then Kevin Cash. I like this signing, Rivera is a nice 3rd catcher to have.

  • wi-Fi Guy

    This could not be the last talks of the trade this was a signing !!! Last night was talk of a TRADE. oh and by the way does anyone know if nick johnson was going to be introduced to day and if so what time ?

  • wi-Fi Guy

    http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN

    He’s working hard.
    But member they said they have about 2 or 3 deals to turn too.

  • dch

    From above-Big Papi hitting the skids, Varitek hits about as well as my grandmother, Bay gone and Lowell-whatever. The Sox have taken a small step back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I wonder if this pick-up is a precursor to including Frankie Sleepy-Eyes in a trade?

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

      I think they would’ve gone for a more legit backup catcher if that was the case.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        So a rookie is more of a legit back-up than him?

  • http://Hank Hank

    Carton on WFAN just said the Yanks called about Cliff Lee….

    • JSquared

      Sherman just tweeted Vazquez.

  • nolan

    could the yankees sign Aroldis Chapman and immediately trade him to the Marlins? If Chapman agrees is that possible?