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Yankees, OF Juan Rivera agree to deal

01/28/2013 5:45 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees have added to their stock of right-handed hitting outfielders, as multiple sources report that the team has agreed to a Minor League deal with ex-pinstriper Juan Rivera.

Last season, Rivera hit .244 with nine home runs and 47 RBI in 109 games with the Dodgers, playing both corner outfield spots as well as first base. He specifically excelled against lefties, hitting .260 with a .745 OPS and six of his nine homers against southpaws.

Rivera is the Yankees’ third right-handed outfield addition of the winter, as they also added ex-Brave Matt Diaz on a Minor League deal in December and claimed Russ Canzler off waivers from Cleveland earlier this month.

Now 34, Rivera began his career with the Yankees in 2001, appearing in 88 games over three seasons. In 2003, he was traded, along with Nick Johnson and Randy Choate, to the Montreal Expos for Javier Vazquez.

For his career, Rivera is a .278 hitter with 132 home runs in 12 seasons with the Yankees, Expos, Angels, Blue Jays, and Dodgers.

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