Rene Rivera C NYM 3 weeks ago

Rivera seems to be set as Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Mets want to place a bigger emphasis on controlling the running game, so it appears they want to put the better defensive option behind the plate when their young fireballer is on the bump. This may raise Rivera's value a bit, seeing as he's now entrenched into the starting lineup at least every fifth day, but his .111 batting average makes him a less-than desirable option despite the increased role.

Rene Rivera C NYM 4 weeks ago

Rivera is in the lineup batting eighth for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With a day game after a night game, Rivera replaces Kevin Plawecki behind the dish. Rivera is known for his defense but if he can produce a bit offensively, he could carve out additional playing, especially if that comes along with doing a solid job of throwing out basestealers.

Rene Rivera C NYM 1 month ago

Rivera had his contract selected by the major league team Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) hitting the disabled list, Rivera will fill in as the backup catcher behind Kevin Plawecki. He's hit .280 through eight games at the Triple-A level this season and should see the occasional start behind the dish over the coming weeks.

Rene Rivera C NYM 1 month ago

Rivera was pulled from Monday's game against Triple-A Albuquerque after just one at-bat, likely indicating he'll receive a call-up with medical results still pending for Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder), Adam Rubin of ESPN reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While it's not a forgone conclusion, Rivera will serve as backup to Kevin Plawecki for the duration of d'Arnaud's potential absence.

Rene Rivera C NYM 2 months ago

Rivera agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rivera was released by the Rays toward the end of spring training despite a strong camp in which he hit .321 over 10 games. He'll serve as organizational depth behind the plate for the Mets, but it's unlikely he'll make much of an impact at the major league level.

Rene Rivera C NYM 2 months ago

Rivera was reportedly released by the Rays on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rivera hit .178 in 110 games last season and a $1.7 million salary, which made him a prime candidate to be on the chopping block. His strong spring (he hit .321 in 10 games) should get him a look from other teams as a dependable backup catcher.

Rene Rivera C NYM 2 months ago

Rivera went 2-for-3 with a single, double and run scored in Friday's 5-1 spring victory over the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old backstop has hit safely in four of his last five games, and has multi-hit games in two of those contests as well. The eight-year veteran struggled mightily at the plate in his first season in Tampa, hitting just .178 with five home runs and 26 RBI over 298 at-bats in 2015. His superior defensive skills behind the plate weren't enough to offset his anemic bat, and Rivera entered spring training behind offseason acquisition Hank Conger on the depth chart. While his .333 average over 21 at-bats during the exhibition slate serves as a good start towards rehabilitating his offensive resume, Rivera's exact role in 2016 remains very much in flux.

Rene Rivera C NYM 8 months ago

Rivera's future with the Rays is in doubt after not getting a start with Chris Archer on the mound, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Any speculation aside, it's clear Rivera is frustrated. "My opinion, my feeling, is that they're probably not thinking about me for next year," Rivera told Topkin. "That's a good question for you to ask them." With Curt Casali, J.P Arencibia, and Luke Maile all presenting younger and more effective options, it would be a shock to see Rivera serve as the starter for the Rays in 2016. He's still a strong defender and could present an effective backup option, but you can only go so far with a .493 OPS.

Rene Rivera C NYM 9 months ago

Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Rivera will receive the majority of the playing time at catcher following Curt Casali's (hamstring) placement on the 15-day DL, the Associated Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rays promoted J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Durham to take Casali's spot on the roster, but Rivera's greater impact as a defender likely influenced Cash's decision to stick with the incumbent player as his regular catcher. While his ability to frame pitches and control the run game are useful from a real-life perspective, Rivera has been one of the league's worst fantasy backstops this season, producing a .216 on-base percentage, five homers, and 26 RBI over 292 plate appearances.

Rene Rivera C NYM 11 months ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

After starting each of the last four games, Rivera will give way to Curt Casali for the final game before the All-Star break. Rivera finished the first half on a bit of a hot streak, but it only pulled his triple-slash line up to .185/.221/.306.