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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.