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Cubs claim C Rene Rivera off waivers from the Mets

The Chicago Cubs today claimed catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets. To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks has been designated for assignment.

Rivera, 34, has played all or part of nine major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2004-06), Minnesota Twins (2011), San Diego Padres (2013-14), Tampa Bay Rays (2015) and New York Mets (2016-17) and is a career .215 hitter (274-for-1,272) with 53 doubles, 34 homers and 141 RBI in 453 games. With the Mets this season, he is batting .230 (40-for-174) with eight homers and 23 RBI in 54 games.

The Chicago Cubs today claimed catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets. To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks has been designated for assignment.

Rivera, 34, has played all or part of nine major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2004-06), Minnesota Twins (2011), San Diego Padres (2013-14), Tampa Bay Rays (2015) and New York Mets (2016-17) and is a career .215 hitter (274-for-1,272) with 53 doubles, 34 homers and 141 RBI in 453 games. With the Mets this season, he is batting .230 (40-for-174) with eight homers and 23 RBI in 54 games.

Behind the plate, Rivera has thrown out 10-of-31 runners attempting to steal this season, a 32.3 percent success rate, which would tie for third-best in the National League if he had enough games played to qualify. His success rate this year mirrors his career totals, as he has thrown out 97-of-300 runners attempting to steal, 32.3 percent.

Rivera is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and enjoyed his best major league campaign in 2014 with the Padres when he batted .252 (74-for-294) and established career highs with 18 doubles, 11 homers and 44 RBI in 103 games.

Brooks, 27, has gone 8-9 with a 6.20 ERA (95 ER/138.0 IP) in 24 starts with Triple-A Iowa this season.

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