The Mariners made a minor roster move today, claiming utility infielder Carlos Rivero off of waivers from the Red Sox. He was placed on the 40-man roster, which now is at 35.
Rivero, 26, played in four games for Boston this season, making his big league debut. He went 4-for-7 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI. He’s been a minor league gypsy, playing in parts of nine seasons in the minors with the Indians, Phillies, Nationals and Red Sox organizations.
During his minor league career, he has played games at shortstop (537), third base (381), left field (28), first base (26), designated hitter (20) and right field (1). Last season he appeared in games at third base (50), left field (23) and DH (20).
Rivero is playing with Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League. He is hitting .313 (20×64) with 11 runs, 2 doubles, 6 home runs and 11 RBI in 17 games.
This is probably an infield depth move at best, and possible insurance in case Willie Bloomquist isn’t ready to go by the beginning of the season.