Today the Seattle Mariners claimed 26-year old infielder Carlos Rivero from the Boston Red Sox. This move brings their 40-man roster up to 35 for the offseason.
The tweet from Shannon Drayer:
Carlos Rivero has played in 999 minor league games in his career, and was called up to the Red Sox on August 29, 2014. He played in only 4 games: August 29, September 9, September 10, September 27.
In those 4 games Carlos Rivero had 7 at-bats and took advantage of all of them. His triple slash was .571/.625/.1.286 with 1 home run and 2 doubles and a base hit. I say it jokingly because 7 at-bats isn’t remotely feasible as an adequate sample size, but his brief Major League appearance is encouraging to say the least.
In his 999 minor league games, Rivero batted .262/.320/.379 with only 69 home runs. He did produce 207 doubles and 482 RBI.
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It will be interesting to see what the Mariners expect to do with Rivero, as the middle infield seems to be filled in house by the M’s in 2015. Second and third base are accounted for– by Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, respectively. It seems likely that either Brad Miller or Chris Taylor will be the opening day starter at shortstop.
First base is up in the air, though, despite Logan Morrison‘s strong finish to the season.
It’s tough to say what the Mariners will do with Carlos Rivero; he could end up being a Triple-A depth player who can fill in on the bench when someone like Willie Bloomquist gets hurt.
Or the Mariners could just be moving parts around and filling the roster to make trades and moves this offseason.
Hard to say yet, but as the first non-option move of the offseason by the Mariners, please give a warm welcome to Carlos Rivero.