Jays News: Jays DFA Juan Rivera and Jayson Nix, Recall Travis Snider from AAA

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IJuly 3, 2011

On Sunday after the Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 7-4, the team decided to designate first baseman and outfielder Juan Rivera for assignment. The club will now have 10 days to either trade him, send him to the minors or outright release him.

Rivera started this season out very slowly, barely hitting above .200. As the year went on he started to improve his game, helped out by the loss of Adam Lind. With Lind injured, Rivera played the majority of the time at first base instead of DH and his numbers started to rise.

However, after Lind returned, Rivera's production again began to dip, and was placed in the outfield as a result. With the hopes the Jays could infuse more offence into their lineup, the move back out to left field was a nasty one, as Rivera helped cost the Jays a win Friday night with a baffling error on a Chase Utley fly ball.

Snider, 23, started the season with the Blue Jays before being sent down on April 28. In 49 games with Las Vegas, Snider hit .333 with 21 doubles, two home runs, and 21 RBI. Prior to the demotion, Snider was hitting .184 with Toronto.

Rivera, 33, came over from the Los Angeles Angels as part of the Vernon Wells trade during the offseason. He played in 70 games for Toronto with six home runs and 27 RBI. He hit .243 and had a .305 on-base percentage, very unlike the career numbers Rivera displayed in Anaheim the past few years.

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