Yanks reportedly sign catcher Rivera
Offense-minded backstop was non-tendered by Brewers
The Yankees potentially added depth to their catching department on Monday night, when FOXSports.com, citing an unnamed Major League source, reported that the team had agreed on a Minor League contract with backstop Mike Rivera.
The Web site added that Rivera will be invited to Spring Training for the Yankees, who have catchers Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli on the 40-man roster. Last year's backup to Posada, Jose Molina, filed for free agency in early November.
Rivera, who was non-tendered by the Brewers, batted .228 with two home runs and 14 RBIs while appearing in 41 games in 2009. Considered an offense-minded catcher, Rivera missed 14 games while on the disabled list with an ankle injury in his fourth season in Milwaukee.
The 33-year-old, originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Tigers in 1997, is a career .244 hitter with 69 home runs in seven seasons in the big leagues.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.