NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Once a highly touted prospect with
the New York Yankees, outfielder Ruben Rivera returned to the
American League champions after signing a one-year contract on
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Rivera, the cousin of Yankees star closer Mariano Rivera,
displayed plenty of potential coming up through the minor
leagues and made his debut with New York in 1995. He played 46
games with the Yankees in 1996 and was sent to the San Diego
Padres in the trade that brought Japanese righthander Hideki
Irabu to New York.
The 28-year-old Rivera spent 1997-00 with San Diego before
signing with the Cincinnati Reds before last season. He batted
.255 (67-for-263) with 10 homers and 34 RBI in 117 games with
Cincinnati and was placed on waivers after the season. San
Francisco claimed Rivera off waivers, but did not offer him
The 6-3, 208-pound Rivera has a .218 career average with 58 home
runs and 185 RBI in 562 games.
To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, the Yankees
designated pitcher Brian Rogers for assignment. The 25-year-old
righthander was 10-9 with a 3.96 ERA in 29 appearances for Class
AA Norwich of the Eastern League in 2001.