UDPATE: (10/29) Dodgers will not pick up Rivera's 2013 contract option.
Juan Rivera proved this season that he is versatile by taking over as the Dodgers’ regular first baseman for the struggling (and now ousted) James Loney.
His offensive numbers aren’t spectacular (109 GP .244 BA .286 OBP 9 HR 47 RBI), but Rivera often sparked rallies for the Dodgers when they most needed it by coming up with an extra-base hit.
The Dodgers outfield is overflowing with talent at the moment due to Carl Crawford’s return from injury, so Rivera won’t have a starting position. However, he will be a useful utility player.
The 34-year-old 11-year veteran is not only a viable backup for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as well as in the outfield, but he will also be a key pinch-hitter down the stretch, especially if the Dodgers are to make a postseason run.
Rivera’s contract extension stands at $4 million (the same as his 2012 contract), and the Dodgers would be foolish not to keep him in the dugout at that price.