The Braves made a small move this afternoon, bolstering their depth at catcher by claiming Renè Rivera off of waivers.
#Braves acquire Rene Rivera from #Angels via waiver claim. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 29, 2018
The 34-year old Rivera has slashed .244/287/.439 in 32 games for the Halos this season. He has spent ten years in the majors and recently was in the NL East with the Mets. This move seems more like an insurance policy in case Flowers or Suzuki goes down with an injury, but Rivera is a talented defensive catcher especially when it comes to throwing runners out. The Braves might opt to use him in late-inning situations on defense.
Coming into this season, René Rivera had thrown out 36.4% of opposing runners, trailing only Yadier Molina among active catchers with at least 3,000 innings. He’s great behind the plate. Anxious to hear how the #Braves anticipate using him.
— Kelsey Wingert (@KelsWingert) August 29, 2018