Juan Rivera Officially Signed: Angels Complete Deal with Starting Left Fielder

Scott FowlerCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

And it's: Juan Rivera! Sources close to the team say that the Halos are close to re-signing Juan Rivera to a three-year contract. You'd have to assume this is for the full-time, everyday LF job.

I can't imagine Juan coming back to be a bench guy, as I'm sure he could have, and may have, received offers for starting LF jobs from other teams. This is a kudos to Angels management, in my opinion.

The guy has proven his leg is healthy, and he's also shown that with regular playing time, he is quite capable of a 20 to 25-home run season.

This may also signal the official exit of Garrett Anderson, who, according to his agent, still wants to play everyday in the outfield. Personally, the thought of GA in another uniform is tough to think about, but baseball's a business, and the law of diminishing returns still applies.

Anyway, look for more info here once this wraps up and is official.


UPDATE: It's official—three years/$12.75 million!