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.

2 Comments

In your opinio, Whats in the future of Gabriel Noriega with the Mariners, so he can play 3B and SS tha same positions that Rivero….

I don’t read too much into any of these offseason waiver claims, to be honest. Rivero is out of Minor League options, so if he’s still on the 40-man roster next spring, he’ll be given a good look and then would either have to make the 25-man roster or be exposed on waivers before he could be sent down to Tacoma. So there’s certainly no guarantee he’ll even still be around next season.

Noriega had a nice season at Tacoma and is two years younger at 24. I presume he’ll get a spring invite, but obviously he’s in the same position — providing roster depth in the infield behind guys like Seager and Cano. Every MLB team needs that kind of organizational depth, which is where Rivero fits in. I haven’t seen Noriega, so it’s tough for me to say where he might fit in. Hopefully get a better feel for him next spring.

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