Saúl Rivera

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Saúl Rivera
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Rivera with the Washington Nationals
Relief pitcher
Born: (1977-12-07) December 7, 1977 (age 41)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 25, 2006, for the Washington Nationals
Last MLB appearance
May 29, 2010, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Win–loss record13–15
Earned run average4.29

Rabell Saúl Rivera (born December 7, 1977) is a right-handed former relief pitcher in professional baseball, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks.


Rivera in 2008 with the Nationals

Rivera attended the University of Mobile, and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Rivera was selected off waivers by the New York Mets after the 2001 season. In July 2002, the Mets sent Rivera to the Montreal Expos as the player to be named later for a trade executed in April. In June 2004, the Expos traded Rivera to the Milwaukee Brewers with Peter Bergeron for Jason Childers and Jason Belcher. Following the 2004 season, he signed with the Washington Nationals.

Rivera made his MLB debut on May 25, 2006, for the Washington Nationals against the Houston Astros. In that game, he got his first hold, pitching 2/3 of an inning. He struck out one and walked one. He had been called up from Triple-A New Orleans on May 22, 2006. He finished his rookie season with a 3.43 ERA. He struck out 41 and walked 32. In 2007, he only allowed one home run in 93 innings pitched.

On December 7, 2009, Rivera was released by the Nationals to make room on the 40-man roster for Brian Bruney.[1] Rivera signed a minor league contract with an invite to Spring training with the Cleveland Indians on December 21, 2009.

On May 17, 2010, Rivera was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations.[2]

On August 22, 2010, Rivera re-signed with the Cleveland Indians, and was assigned to Triple-A Columbus the following day.

Rivera signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 2012.


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