The New York Mets have signed veteran catcher René Rivera to a minor league contract. Drafted in the 2nd Round by the Seattle Mariners back in 2001 Rivera has 10 years of Major League experience as a journeyman over a number of different teams. Notably, Rivera had a stint with the New York Mets in 2016 where he hit .222 with 6 home runs, and 26 RBI and remained on the team in 2017 as well.
Rivera signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will be assigned to Triple-A Syracuse. His roster spot replaces that held by C Devin Mesoraco who will now be added to the New York Mets restricted list and is expected to retire instead of reporting to Syracuse. Mesoraco has reportedly told the Mets that if assigned to the Syracuse Mets (New York Mets, Triple-A Affiliate), he will then not report, and ultimately retire.
Rivera and Mesoraco’s journey this season has seen a lot of similarities.
Rivera was signed by the San Francisco Giants early this year to a Minor League contract and was later released after Spring Training. He slashed the following stat line in the Cactus League:
.258 AVG, .308 OBP, .387 SLG
Mesoraco meanwhile has seen a steep decline in games played since 2015 due to injuries. This past spring he slashed the following:
.231 AVG, 231 OBP, .462 SLG
Mesoraco was an All-Star in 2014. The Cincinnati Reds traded him to the Mets in exchange for RHP Matt Harvey last season.