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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Dodgers - Re-signed Juan Rivera

Los Angeles Dodgers - Signed OF Juan Rivera to a 1-year, $4.5 million contract with club option for 1-year, $3.5 million.

This is a signing that makes me want to take a paint tutorial (Billy is pretty loyal to the Royals though and might not be available). Words will have to be enough.

Honestly though this isn’t an objectively terrible signing. I can’t readily identify 60 better corner outfielders, so he’s (arguably) playing on merit. He isn’t horrendously overpaid and there’s no long-term commitment. He’s a bad regular but a pretty decent backup corner outfielder (well offensively at any rate. He’s not much of a defensive player, though he’s hardly a brutally bad one)—particularly if you can afford to platoon him.(his splits last year are not an ability level, but he is a career .289/.335/.495 and that has some value if you can spare a roster spot)

My specific problem with the signing is that there’s no reason to do it. Yes, as I said he’s arguably playing on merit, but you’d really like another team to have (say) the 28th best starting left fielder. He has no real up-side and a bad year from a player of Rivera’s talent level can be pretty brutal. As a group, third tier players are terrible signings.

And there’s no need to move aggressively on Juan Rivera. There’s never any shortage of players in the general range of ability of Juan Rivera. Assuming somebody snaps Rivera up, any decent organization ought to be able to come up with a reasonable facsimile.  Your manager might have to sort through a bunch of NRIs, but that’s part of his job.

Ron J Posted: November 05, 2011 at 02:52 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tripon Posted: November 05, 2011 at 05:44 PM (#3987007)
dumb signing.
   2. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: November 06, 2011 at 02:04 AM (#3987211)
Colletti must be trying to sandbag the team on his way out.
   3. J. Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: November 08, 2011 at 07:45 AM (#3988431)
Ron, I respect what you say here but I am pretty sure that when you hit righties and play left like Juan Rivera does, he isn't the 28th best of anything in the world.

By all means, if you already platoon at four positions, then Juan Rivera is a guy you can sign and throw out into left field without needing to run up a white flag. But he's the next-worst thing. You would have to be engaging in active malfeasance to throw out a starting OF who is actually any worse, overall and judged against all pitching, than Rivera.

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