We're only days removed from the World Series and already Ned Colletti is chasing his beloved veterany goodness. From "Rivera appears headed back to Dodgers" by Ken Gurnick at Dodgers.com:
The Dodgers have reached a tentative agreement with free-agent outfielder Juan Rivera on a one-year contract with a 2013 option for approximately $4 million guaranteed, according to a baseball source.
Rivera was acquired at the All-Star break from the Toronto Blue Jays virtually for free and became the run producer the Dodgers have looking for since Manny Ramirez went wrong.
Rivera drove in 46 runs in 62 games, although he hit .274 with only five home runs in 219 at-bats and a .739 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). The nine-year veteran had a career-high 25 home runs for the Angels in 2009 before being dealt to Toronto in the Vernon Wells trade. He just finished up a three-year, $12.75 million contract.
At least it's only a one-year deal for the 33-year-old Rivera. Wonder if he'll start in left field or platoon at first base.
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