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44 Rene Rivera C
Height/Weight: 5-10/230 | Birthdate: 7/31/1983 | Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 3/3 | Average Draft Position: 761.50
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Padres, Nats, Rays announce Wil Myers trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:33 pm ET) The Padres officially announced an 11-player, three-team trade that sent Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego on Friday, per the team's official website.

San Diego acquired Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, left-handed pitcher Jose Castillo and right-handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes from the Rays. Tampa Bay received catcher Rene Rivera, right-handed pitcher Burch Smith and infielder Jake Bauers from San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza and left-handed pitcher Travis Ott from Washington. Meanwhile, the Nationals received right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later, likely infielder Trea Turner, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.


Padres, Rays and Nationals complete Wil Myers trade


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Padres, Rays and Nationals have completed a trade that will send Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The deal had been in the works for a few days, but was finally agreed to late Thursday night. Myers, 24, will head to the Padres in the deal. He hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats with the Rays last season. Myers also missed time due to a wrist injury. 

The Padres will also receive catcher Ryan Hanigan and pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo in the deal. 

Tampa Bay will receive outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott from the Nationals. Souza, 25, hit .345/.427/.577 in 357 at-bats spread over three levels last year. 

The Rays will also receive catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith from San Diego.

Washington is set to acquire pitcher Joe Ross from San Diego. The team will also receive infielder Trea Turner in the deal. Turner was a 2014 draft pick, and cannot be traded until midseason, so he's currently considered a player to be named later.


Padres, Rays and Nationals on the verge of three-team deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Nationals, Padres and Rays are on the verge of a three-team deal, which would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Heyman has confirmed the multiple media reports outlining the full details of the trade. The Padres are set to receive Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, pitcher Gerardo Reyes and pitcher Jose Castillo from the Rays.

The Rays are getting two players from the Nationals -- outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott -- and three players from the Padres -- catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith.

The Nationals are getting pitcher Joe Ross from the Padres, as well as a player to be named later, which will be shortstop prospect Trea Turner. Because Turner was a 2014 draft pick, he can't be traded until June.


Padres listening to offers for catchers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Padres are listening to trade offers on their catchers, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Rene Rivera and Yasmani Grandal were the Padres' primary catchers in 2014.

The Padres are looking to make trades to upgrade their offense. Starting pitchers Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross are also rumored to be on the trading block.


Rene Rivera on roll and in lineup for Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Rene Rivera has earned nine starts in the last 12 games for the Padres - and that level of playing time is likely to continue.

That's the word from Bud Black, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"He's been swinging good," Black said. "His average is over .250. All year long, he's been a bright spot, and he's worked his way into regular playing time. He deserves to play."

Rivera, who has nine home runs and 33 RBI in just 229 at-bats this season, has been particularly hot since the All-Star break, after which he boasts a stat line of .304/.387/.446 with three home runs and 11 RBI.


Rene Rivera plays hero in walkoff win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera delivered a couple of big hits while going 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 3-2, 10th-inning win over the Brewers.

Rivera tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with his ninth home run of the season. He then sent the Padres home with a win by driving in the winning run on a single one inning later. Rivera owns a .241/.306/.425 line with 32 RBI in 212 at-bats.


Rene Rivera homers in blowout win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera put together a strong performance Thursday, in a 13-3 win over the Cubs.

Rivera went 3 for 5 in the blowout win, and played a big role with his bat. Rivera went 3 for 5 with three RBI, including one with his fifth inning home run and then two more with a single in the sixth. He also came around to score twice in the win.

Rivera has been a solid option for the Padres behind the plate this season, hitting .228/.286/.436 with seven home runs in 149 at-bats. 


Rene Rivera provides all the offense Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera once again provided all the offense for his team in a 3-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

Rivera slapped a bases-clearing single in the opening frame and his team never looked back. He finished 1 for 4 with three RBI and two strikeouts. He owns a .221/.275/.418 slash line with five homers and 20 RBI in 122 at-bats.

Rene Rivera slugs fifth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera delivered the only offense for the losing team Tuesday, going 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 6-1 loss to the Mariners.

Rivera has knocked home runs in two of his last three games, but he was just 3 for 22 in the month of June before his recent three-game stretch. The catcher has hit .225/.288/.461 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 102 at-bats.


Rene Rivera earning added playing time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera has been the more productive half of the team's catching duo with the bat, but his glove is the reason he has started eight of the last nine games, reports MLB.com.

"He's playing well and I like the way he's catching," manager Bud Black said. "He's doing a good job with the pitching staff and our team ERA is really good when he's catching."

Rivera is hitting .235/.293/.447 on the season, but his work behind the plate might be the most impressive thing about his season. Padres' pitchers have a 2.72 ERA with Rivera over the last 28 games.

Helping Rivera's cause is the fact that Yasmani Grandal is hitting just .183/.267/.358 while appearing in 11 more games than Rivera entering Tuesday. 


Rene Rivera hits third home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera clubbed his third home run Sunday against the Rockies.

Rivera stepped in against Juan Nicasio with the bases empty in the sixth inning. On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Rivera hit a 93 mph fastball out to left for the solo shot. Rivera also doubled during the contest. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Rene Rivera lifts off in Game 2 of doubleheader


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera came up big at the plate on Thursday, launching a two-run home run in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader against Cincinnati.

He took starter Jeff Francis deep in the second inning, which proved to be the difference. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI in a 6-1 victory. He is hitting .255 with two homers and nine RBI in 47 at-bats.

Rene Rivera drives in five in win vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Padres catcher Rene Rivera paced the offense Monday, going 2 for 5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Giants.

Rivera entered play Monday without an extra-base hit to his credit, and he has two after a couple key hits early in Monday's game. He knocked a two-run double in the fourth inning to put his team up 2-0, then smashed a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give his team a 5-3 lead. He has hit .233/.258/.367 in 30 at-bats.


Rene Rivera back in majors for first time since 2011


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Padres catcher Rene Rivera was recalled from from Triple-A Tucson Sunday after starting catcher Yasmani Grandal was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right knee. Rivera is back in the majors for the first time since 2011, when he made 45 appearances for the Twins.

He hit .343 with five home runs, 18 doubles and 38 RBI in 74 games for Tucson.


Rene Rivera will be called up Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) With Yasmani Grandal expected to land on the disabled list, the Padres will promote catcher Rene Rivera from Triple-A Tuscon on Sunday, according to MLB.com. Rivera has appeared in 98 MLB games with the Mariners and the Twins. He hit .343 with five home runs and 38 RBI at Triple-A.

"He knows our staff and our guys know Rene," manager Bud Black said. "He's been around."

Padres send five players to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2013) The Padres announced Wednesday they optioned pitcher Tim Stauffer, pitcher Sean O'Sullivan, catcher Rene Rivera, outfielder Travis Buck and infielder Gregorio Petit to Triple-A Tucson.

Twins assign two to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2012) The Twins assigned Pedro Florimon and Rene Rivera to minor league camp on Tuesday.