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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.

Bradley Zimmer to miss 8-12 months after shoulder surgery

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Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.

Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.

The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.