Mariners claim Rivero from Red Sox
Carlos Rivero, a 26-year-old infielder from Venezuela, was claimed by the Mariners off waivers from the Red Sox on Monday.
Rivero made his Major League debut last season and went 4-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs in four games in the final month for Boston.
Rivero hit .264 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs in 105 games in the Minors last year, splitting the year between Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland clubs. He played 74 games with Pawtucket, batting .286 with five homers and 36 RBIs.
Rivero has spent nine seasons in the Minors with the Indians, Phillies, Nationals and Red Sox, with most of his action coming at shortstop (537 games) and third base (381), while he’s also played left field (28 games), first base (26), designated hitter (20) and right field (1). He played 50 games at third base last year, with 23 in left field and 20 at DH.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander is currently playing for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League where he is hitting .313 (20-for-64) with 11 runs, two doubles, six home runs and 11 RBIs in 17 games.
With the addition of Rivero, the Mariners 40-man roster now is at 35 players.