SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Juan Rivera #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single that scored Matt Kemp #27 in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
We knew already that the two sides were closing in on a deal, but now Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that outfielder Juan Rivera has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal, which isn't official yet, will be worth $4.5 million.
Rivera, 33, will make $4 million in 2012 with LA, and the Dodgers also hold a 2013 club option worth another $4 million. So it's either a one-year deal worth $4.5 million or a two-year deal worth $8 million if the Dodgers exercise the option.
Frankly, the deal feels a bit heavy for the Dodgers. Rivera hit just .258/.319/.382 in 132 games last season, an underwhelming number for a player that's limited to the outfield corners and first base. He can offer value as a platoon bat given his ability to hit lefties, but aging platoon bats with limited defensive skills generally don't command $4.5 million on the open market.