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Angels sign catcher Rene Rivera

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The Los Angeles Angels have signed catcher Rene Rivera to a one-year deal. He’ll make $2.8 million.

Rivera hit .252/.305/.431 in 237 plate appearances for the Mets and Cubs in 2017. For his career he’s a .220/.271/.349 hitter, but it’s not like you’re paying your backup catcher to hit. He’s good at nailing baserunners, though,¬†throwing out 36% of attempted base-stealers over the course of his nine-year career.

Not that he’ll get a ton of work in Anaheim. The Angels starting catcher,¬†Martin Maldonado, won the Gold Glove last season and played in 138 games.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.