Yankees Sign Ruben Rivera
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The New York Yankees signed outfielder Ruben Rivera to a $1 million, one-year contract on Thursday, a deal that includes a club option for 2003.
Rivera, 29, hit .255 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in 117 games with Cincinnati last season. He originally was signed by the Yankees as free agent in 1990, and spent six years in the organization.
His deal calls for a $700,000 salary and a $1.4 million option with a $300,000 buyout.
To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, New York designated pitcher Brian Rogers for assignment.
Rogers, 25, went 10-9 with 3.96 ERA in 29 games with Double-A Norwich last year.