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Rene Rivera signs 2.8 million contact with Angels


Free-agent catcher Rene Rivera has signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

34-year-old Rivera began his major league baseball career in Seattle and has played with six different teams over nine seasons, according to USA Today.

Rivera played with the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs in 2017. He ended the season batting .252 with ten home runs and 35 RBIs in 74 games.

Rivera has a strong arm, throwing out 36.8 percent of attempted base stealers. In fact, he has the second best caught-stealing percentage among active catchers, second only to Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is most likely to compete for the Angels backup job behind Gold Glove winner Martin Maldonado.

Rivera has a guaranteed base salary, and he can earn $200,000 in performance bonuses for starting certain numbers of games at catcher: $50,000 each for 45, 50, 55, and 60, according to USA Today.