Dodgers Sign Pitcher From Tryout Camp

The Dodgers have signed righthanded reliever Ricardo "Ricky" Rivas to a minor league contract, according to's Ken Gurnick. Rivas was the only player out of 85 to receive a deal out after participating in a tryout camp at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

The 26-year-old Rivas spent last season with the El Paso Diablos of the independent American Association, where he posted a 4.82 ERA with a 5.5 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9 in 37.1 innings. A 48th round pick of the Pirates in 2004, Rivas didn't sign and instead headed to Oklahoma State before jumping into the indy ranks.

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  1. Guest 5 years ago


  2. 04Forever 5 years ago

    what, did the guys at camp put on the movie “Invincible” and said, “hey, lets do that”

  3. dodgers1111 5 years ago

    Is anyone actually surprised? Anyways its probably the best move they have made this offseason.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Rod Barajas was signed through a try out…He could turn out to be solid.

  4. crunchy1 5 years ago

    Go Ricky Rivas! I love these kind of stories. I hope he makes it…

    When I was at Bradley U., the baseball team offered a scholarship to a player they had seen at a tryout held in Chicago. Prior to the tryout, no one drafted him and no school offered him a scholarship. That player turned out to be Kirby Puckett.

    Sometimes guys just fall through the cracks.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Same thing happened to Evan Longoria. No college offered him a scholarship and no Major League team signed him out of high school.

      “Go Ricky Rivas! I love these kind of stories. I hope he makes it…”—– I completely agree with you!

      • crunchy1 5 years ago

        I didn’t know that about Longoria. Talk about a guy falling through the cracks! Someone should put together an all-tryout team.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          I can only give you one more right now…Scott Richmond. But i’m going to do some research right now.

          • Not the same thing ,but a success story. Mike Piazza was drafted as a favor to his father in the 50th round, then ended up becoming the best hitting catcher of all time.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Absolutley right about everything except for his draft round. He was in the 66th round but it might have been 68. I’ll check it out right now.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            62nd Round.

      • Johnny_Felix 5 years ago

        Longoria was a monster for the Dirtbags in Long Beach. great to see his success transferring over into the majors. he is a pretty humble dude too

        • Guest 5 years ago

          He’s also under the most team-friendly contract in Baseball.

          • Johnny_Felix 5 years ago

            from what i been reading didnt he get a scholarship to Long Beach after playing for Rio Hondo

          • Guest 5 years ago

            After he graduated from high school that is, he didn’t get a scholarship.

          • Johnny_Felix 5 years ago

            ah my mistake sorry brotha

          • Guest 5 years ago

            You bet.

  5. dodgers1111 5 years ago

    i dont why this is not listed as one of the top stories, he could probably be the #5 starter.

  6. flumesalot 5 years ago

    Cool for the kid, but believe it or not it happens all the time, just usually not as newsworthy of a Jimmy Morris signing

  7. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    Remember, guys, this is only the National League. This guy’s probably in the Cy Young conversation.

    • Dodgerblue18 5 years ago

      Says the Yankee fan.

      • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

        I swear, no one on this site has a sense of humor. It’s a JOKE!!! I’m just making fun of how people (seemingly unjustifiably) act like the national league is an inferior afterthought of a league.

        Sorry for the confusion.

        Cool? Cool.

        • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

          it is just REALLY hard to tell when someone is joking online… some people actually feel this way

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

      I believe meister Lincecum and Halladay would like a word

  8. Dirtbag Blues 5 years ago

    I’m sure the Lookouts will be happy to have him.

  9. Dodgerblue18 5 years ago

    You know what.. besides not acquiring a big ace for our rotation (once Billingsley and Kershaw mature you may be looking at two aces already) I kind of like the approach that the Dodgers are taking this year. I’ve seen a lot of you gawking at all of the minor league deals that the Dodgers are dishing out to veterans but not only do I think we are making the best of the whole divorce issue by keeping a tight lock on the cash, but we are still improving this team whether or not anyone wants to believe it. Arguably best bullpen in baseball, one of the most solid lineups, and a starting pitching staff who is part ace potential and part veteran. All of these guys in the minors are fighting for a spot on the club. In making a run to the world series, I don’t mind seeing my team put together a solid core of veterans and future all stars to get everyone on the team the one thing they want.. the ring.

  10. I’m sorry, but isn’t this just like the movie “The Rookie”? Although Jim Morris was a lot older than Rivas, but still. I hope he succeeds.

  11. alleykat23 5 years ago

    To me it just shows how desperate the Dodgers are for pitching.And how cheap they have become this off season.

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