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The Dodgers sign Juan Rivera for one year, $4.5 million

Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Juan Rivera #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run double in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 18, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 15-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to one-year, $4.5 million contract. The deal is, as always, pending a physical. The $4.5 million is a pay cut from the $5.25 million he made in 2011.

Rivera split time between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers last year, coming to L.A. in a midseason trade after the Jays DFA’d him. Last winter he was part of the Mike Napoli/Vernon Wells deal, moving from Anaheim to Toronto.

In 521 overall plate appearances he hit .258/.319/.382 with 11 homers. He can play some first base too, so he’s a credible bench/utility guy even if the hitting doesn’t improve enough to justify a starting corner outfield job. Which it probably won’t, but he’s not chopped liver either.