Yankees Release Juan Rivera

The Yankees released first baseman/outfielder Juan Rivera, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rivera, 34, hit .244/.286/.375 in 339 plate appearances for the Dodgers last year, though he did slug .433 against lefties.  He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees in January, and despite injuries to Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, did not make the Opening Day roster.  Rivera did receive a $100K retention bonus on Tuesday's deadline, notes MLB.com's Bryan Hoch

The Yankees added Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay this week.  Wells, Overbay, and Ben Francisco are making the team, Rivera was told, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and others.  Outfielder Brennan Boesch will also make the club, GM Brian Cashman said (Joel Sherman of the New York Post reporting).


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