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Angels allow veteran catcher Rene Rivera to go to Atlanta Braves on waiver claim

first_imgThe Angels signed Dominican outfielder Alexander Ramírez on Wednesday, adding their biggest prize to this summer’s crop of international amateur signings.Ramírez was ranked the 25th-best prospect in this year’s class by Baseball America, and 24th by MLB Pipeline.The Angels reportedly signed Ramírez for $1 million. Although the signing period opened July 2 and there have been reports of Ramírez’s agreement with the Angels for months, he couldn’t sign until his 16th birthday, which was Wednesday.SHOEMAKER LOOKS SHARPMatt Shoemaker pitched four-plus hitless innings in a rehab outing for Class-A Inland Empire on Monday night, his first game since his start in the first week of the season. Shoemaker, who had surgery to repair a tendon in his forearm in May, threw 59 pitches (37 strikes), and his fastball was reportedly in the 91-93 mph range, topping out at 95 mph. He struck out six and walked two and was charged with one unearned run. Shoemaker’s next outing could be for the Angels. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros SPRING SCHEDULEMajor League Baseball released its entire 2019 spring training schedule Wednesday, with the Angels playing 31 games in Arizona from Feb. 23 to March 23. The exhibition schedule concludes with the preseason version of the Freeway Series, a March 24 game at Dodger Stadium and March 25-26 games against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium.ADELL HONOREDOutfielder Jo Adell, the Angels’ top prospect, was picked by USA Today as one of five finalists for their minor league player of the year, which is selected by a vote of fans. Adell, the Angels’ first-round pick in 2017, has risen from low-A to high-A to Double-A this season. Currently out for a few days with a back injury, Adell has hit a combined .290 with 20 homers and an .897 OPS.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-8, 4.25) at Astros (RHP Justin Verlander, 13-8, 2.72), Thursday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) The Angels let catcher René Rivera go to the Atlanta Braves on a waiver claim on Wednesday, leaving them likely to finish the season with rookies Francisco Arcia and José Briceño handling the catching.Like most players in August, Rivera was placed on revocable waivers. Once Rivera was claimed, the Angels could have pulled him back, worked out a trade in exchange for letting him go, or simply let him go for no compensation. By letting him go, the Angels save almost $500,000 of Rivera’s remaining salary.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Rivera, 35, was set to be a free agent after signing a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Angels. He hit .244 with four homers and a .726 OPS for the Angels, missing most of the season after undergoing knee surgery. He just returned on Aug. 15.The Angels had split the catching job between Arcia and Briceño in the three weeks between the Martín Maldonado trade and the time Rivera returned. When Rivera came back, they opted to keep Arcia over Briceño, with Manager Mike Scioscia saying at the time that Briceño had some things on to work on, offensively and defensively. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Arcia has hit .280 with three homers and an .841 OPS in his first 50 at-bats. He first reached the big leagues last month after 12 years in the minors.PROSPECT INKEDRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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