Washington made a small move on Wednesday, one that was lost amid many of the larger rumors that swirled throughout the day (which we’ll address in due time). The team claimed infielder Carlos Rivero off of waivers. The move now places the organization’s 40-man roster at 37 players.
Rivero batted .270/.326/.440 with 16 HR and 71 RBI in 568 plate appearances during the 2011 season. All but 30 of those plate appearances came with Philadelphia’s Double-A affiliate. At age 23, it was easily the best season of his minor league career to date. Rivero had primarily been a shortstop the previous five seasons in Cleveland’s minor league system but spent all but one game at third base in 2011. He is expected to come to Spring Training to compete for a spot on the active roster.