Yankees Release Mike Rivera

The Yankees have released catcher Mike Rivera according to GM Brian Cashman, tweets Marc Carig of The Newark Star-Ledger. The writing was on the wall once the Yanks signed Chad Moeller this morning.

Rivera, 33, struggled in Spring Training (3-for-18) and missed some time with a hamstring issue. He's a .244/.305/.383 career hitter in 582 plate appearances, seeing most of his big league action with the Brewers.


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19 Comments on "Yankees Release Mike Rivera"


EdinsonPickle
5 years 4 months ago

Maybe he signs a minor league deal with the Mariners for some depth?

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Rangers?

BIGPELF
5 years 4 months ago

mets love AAAA catchers

EdinsonPickle
5 years 4 months ago

Possibly, but I doubt it. The Rangers have Salty and Teagarden who will apparently be splitting catching duties. If one of them gets hurt then they have Max Ramirez and the newly acquired Matt Treanor in AAA.

Meant to be a reply to Span’s comment btw

Jeff Scott
5 years 4 months ago

For about half a second, I thought this said “Yankees release Mariano Rivera” and my head almost exploded.

5 years 4 months ago

Just think of the rumors you would’ve started if the title read, “Yankees Release M. Rivera”.

dylanp5030
5 years 4 months ago

I was just going to post that.

Fangaffes
5 years 4 months ago

It’s only fair that the Yankees release (Mike) Rivera, now that the Red Sox have released (Josh) Papelbon.

5 years 4 months ago

i thought for a split second it said yankees release mariano rivera that got me an adrenaline rush

damnitsderek
5 years 4 months ago

Do you know Mike Rivera personally? Because, I mean, that’s the only way that a baseball fan could really KNOW if a player is lazy or not. If a low batting average constituted a player being lazy, more than half of the players in this league could be labeled as a lazy and not having a good work ethic. Don’t make asinine comments, and try to withhold your judgments on people whom you have never met before.

5 years 4 months ago

Yea and 18 at bats is a large enough sample size to determine a player’s ability, much less work ethic? I remember in 2004 Jeter went 1 for 36 Its obvious his work ethic during that time was at least twice as bad as Mike Rivera’s. Also you are right about those new fangled statistics not being able to measure a player’s ability. That is why no teams use them to evaluate players and why Theo Epstein, Andrew Friedman, and Billy Beane don’t have jobs. Oh wait…

damnitsderek
5 years 4 months ago

Whoops, wrong button. He won’t go back to Milwaukee, not when they have Salome and Lucroy in tow.

5 years 4 months ago

Brewers front office is saying the Kottaras is an offensive catcher who’s defense “is coming around.” Haven’t seen the guy play yet, but heard Melvin saying that in an interview.

Zaun is scary, but he can’t be as bad as Kendall – and to think that guy was hopped up on school kid speed all last year.

damnitsderek
5 years 4 months ago

Because, once again, making judgments about a player’s personality and demeanor based on a spring training batting average is, for lack of a better word, stupid.

Even implying that he didn’t “want” to make the team is an absolute fail. You need to realize Rivera had little to no chance of making the Yankees roster from the first day of camp because the Yanks want Cervelli to be their backup to Montero once he is prepared to take the wheel from Posada.

Yes, I agree, Rivera played poorly this spring. Will he sign on with another team as AAA depth? Most likely. Does that make him lazy or mean that he did not want to make the team? Absolutely not.

5 years 4 months ago

Uhh…because the Brewers non-tendered him and he was looking for a big league job? There’s just slightly above a 0% chance Rivera returns to the Brewers. If Doug Melvin wanted him, he would have re-signed him in the off-season.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

I’m sure he would love to go back to the Brewers but I’m not sure that’s realistic for the Brewers to sign him.

5 years 4 months ago

Why so fast to flame, derek?

Rivera on a good day is not much of a player. Brewer fans for some reason really thought he could/should be the starter last year and a lot of folks were into him.

Probably because they thought he was younger.

Guy is nothing special and at his age it is possible he’s lost drive. I haven’t seen him play since last year, but don’t find the opinion offered here regarding drive to be totally out of the question.

dphill33
5 years 4 months ago

Rivera has no spot in the Brewers organisaiton.
They have committed to Kottaras, who had an unbelievable spring.
(Incidentally, Zaun hit .477 this Spring with a .531 OBP in 44 at bats.)
They traded Matt Treanor.
They have Angel Salome at AAA.
And highly touted Jonathon Lucroy at AA.

Rivera is a AAAA Catcher. He had a nice year at the plate in 2008 in ~120 at bats and I’m sure he’ll sign on somewhere. But not in Milwaukee.

damnitsderek
5 years 4 months ago

You are entirely missing my point. I’m not saying that Mike Rivera is going to be the second coming of Johnny Bench. The entire message of my post was that it’s foolish to make judgments on somebody’s work ethic and drive based on reading a stat line. You can’t sit there and conclude that this guy is lazy and didn’t want to be on the team simply because he didn’t perform well.