René Rivera
C NYM
1 week ago

Rivera went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to Washington.

EDGE Analysis

This was just the fourth start for Rivera since the calendar flipped to June, and the lack of playing time is a huge blow to his fantasy value. With Travis d'Arnaud healthy, Rivera projects to receive limited at-bats going forward, too. However, injuries have limited d'Arnaud to just 142 games over the previous two seasons, so Rivera might see another fleeting run of semi-regular starts before the season is over.

René Rivera
C NYM
1 month ago

Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rivera has assumed the bulk of the catching duties since Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) hit the disabled list, but he'll concede a start in the series finale to Kevin Plawecki, who will serve as the battery mate for Tommy Milone. D'arnaud recently kicked off a rehab assignment and could be ready to return from the DL later this week, at which point Rivera will see his at-bats tail off.

René Rivera
C NYM
1 month ago

Rivera went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

He now has a six-game hitting streak which includes five multi-hit performances, boosting Rivera's slash line on the season to .333/.339/.421. He did hit 11 homers with a .751 OPS in 2014 for the Padres, but his .419 BABIP this year indicates he won't be able to keep up this pace even if he retains a larger share of the workload behind the plate after Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) returns.

René Rivera
C NYM
1 month ago

Rivera will start at catcher and bat seventh in the order Monday against the Giants, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rivera will make his fifth start in six games, as he's clearly established himself as manager Terry Collins' preferred everyday option behind the plate while Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) remains on the disabled list. While Rivera is known mostly for his defensive prowess, he's been productive at the bottom of the lineup during his run of starts, going 8-for-17 with a homer, five RBI and four runs.

René Rivera
C NYM
2 months ago

Rivera went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs against the Braves on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The Mets' backup catcher has offered modest production in a limited role, but he could be in for extra run with Travis d'Arnaud nursing a wrist ailment. Even if he does get to start regularly, though, the 33-year-old Rivera won't offer much for fantasy purposes.

René Rivera
C NYM
2 months ago

Rivera has been recalled by the Mets and is starting at third base for Friday's game against the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

With Wilmer Flores (knee) heading to the DL, Rivera will get a shot to prove his value in the big leagues. The 28-year-old posted impressive stats over 33 games with the Mets last season, slashing .333/.345/.476 with three home runs and 16 RBI. He'll likely serve as a reserve infielder, but has the ability to play multiple positions, including first base.

René Rivera
C NYM
2 months ago

Rivera went 2-for-3 with a double in Friday's loss to the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Mets manager Terry Collins elected to have Rivera catch Zack Wheeler in his return from Tommy John surgery rather than Travis d'Arnaud, which gives you a good idea of how Collins views the receiving skills of each backstop. If Rivera adds regular Wheeler starts to his portfolio in addition to being Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher he could collect enough at-bats to have marginal value in deep NL-only formats, but his career .599 OPS in over 1200 big-league plate appearances highlights his extremely limited offensive ceiling.

René Rivera
C NYM
3 months ago

Rivera is likely to catch all of Noah Syndergaard's starts to begin the season, John Harper of the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

While the battery showed good chemistry last season, this decision has more to do with Travis d'Arnaud's inability to throw out basestealers than it does with Rivera's skills. If d'Arnaud's bat can't compensate for his defensive limitations, Rivera could once again see more playing time than expected in 2017, but his .222/.291/.341 line last year paints a grim picture of his fantasy upside.

René Rivera
C NYM
3 months ago

Manager Terry Collins says there is a "good chance" Rivera catches for Noah Syndergaard on Opening Day, Marc Carig of Newday reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Travis D'Arnaud and Rivera both putting up solid springs, the competition for appeared to be closer than anticipated. This could be a preference to Syndergaard or simply a chance to establish more opportunities for a platoon system going forward. Until something changes, however, D'Arnaud should still be considered the primary catcher this coming season.

René Rivera
C NYM
7 months ago

Rivera agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rivera is one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, which explains why he is worth almost $2 million despite posting a 70 wRC+ last year and a 63 wRC+ for his career. He will serve as Travis d'Arnaud's backup in 2017.