Dodgers Acquire OF Juan Rivera

The Dodgers acquired outfielder Juan Rivera and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. General Manager Ned Colletti said, "Juan will provide us with a right-handed hitting counterpart to Tony Gwynn Jr. and can also fill in for James Loney from time to time at first base."

      Rivera is in the middle of his 11th Major League season and was hitting .243 with six home runs, 11 doubles and 28 RBI in 70 first-half games for Toronto. He was traded with Mike Napoli from the Angels to the Blue Jays in exchange for Vernon Wells this past January.   

The 33-year old corner outfielder had a career year with the Angels in 2009, hitting .287 while positing career-bests with 25 homers and 88 RBI. That same season, he also logged career highs in games (138), hits (152) and runs scored (72). Rivera has hit at least 12 home runs every season since 2004, with the exception being 2007, when he missed nearly the entire season with a broken left leg.   

Over the course of his career, Rivera has belted 118 home runs and averaged more than 17 per season from 2004-2010, not counting 2007.   

He has been a notoriously hot second-half hitter as evidenced by his .260 career average before the All-Star break and his .296 mark after the Midsummer Classic.   

Rivera has appeared in 887 career Games for the Yankees (2001-03), Expos (2004), Angels (2005-10) and Blue Jays (2011). He owns a career average of .277 to go along with a lifetime slugging percentage of .462. While Rivera was with the Yankees, Dodger Manager Don Mattingly was a special instructor for New York during Spring Training.      

The Venezuela native has appeared in six division series, three league championship series and one World Series in 2003 with the New York Yankees for a total 36 postseason games. He also played for Venezuela in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.   

In 2004, his lone season with the Montreal Expos, Rivera hit two home runs and collected six RBI in the same inning on June 19 vs. the Chicago White Sox, becoming the 11th player in Major League history to homer twice in the same frame. That season, he also tied for first in the NL with 14 outfield assists.   

Rivera was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent at the age of 16 by the New York Yankees on April 12, 1996 and made his Major League debut for the Yankees on September 4, 2001 at Toronto. In 2002, he was named the top prospect in the Yankees' organization by Baseball America and collected his first Major League hit, a double, on June 5 of that year.  

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