Dodgers make it official, sign Juan Rivera for $4.5 million
The Dodgers also have a $4-million option for next season on Rivera with a $500,000 buyout, meaning he’s essentially getting a guaranteed $4.5 million for the 2012 season.
Rivera, 33, earned $5.25 million last year with the Blue Jays, where he bombed (.243, six homers, 28 RBI in 275 at-bats) and was designated for assignment at the All-Star break.
The Dodgers, going nowhere at the time, took a small gamble and picked him up on July 12.
The former Angel prospered once back in Southern California, hitting .274 with five homers and 46 RBI in 242 at-bats.
His signing probably means bad news for Sands, the Dodgers' one slugging prospect who came back from triple A to hit .342 in September.
At this kind of money, Rivera will likely be the Dodgers regular left fielder. Which also pretty much ends any thoughts of moving James Loney to left, if the Dodgers had actually signed an impact bat at first.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers left fielder Juan Rivera singles against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 22. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images