Dodgers Acquire Juan Rivera From Blue Jays, DFA Marcus Thames

Rivera is due roughly $2,266,393 for the remainder of the season, with the Dodgers on the hook for roughly $178,721.

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Dodgers Only On The Hook For Pro-Rated Minimum Salary For Juan Rivera

One of the concerns of the Dodgers trading for Juan Rivera earlier on Tuesday was that the outfielder / first baseman had a hefty salary of $5.25 million this season, and a team 11 games out of a playoff spot, and one in bankruptcy at that, was in no position to take on any salary. However, the Dodgers won't be paying much at all for Rivera's services.

Rivera was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on July 4, so Toronto didn't have much leverage in that they would have been on the hook for his full remaining salary, roughly $2,266,393 for the rest of the season, had they released him. Per Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays are paying all but "roughly $175,000" of Rivera's salary.

With 79 days left in the 183-day regular season, the pro-rated minimum salary ($414,000 for the whole season) is roughly $178,721. Now the only question is, what player (or future cash considerations) will the Dodgers give up. The answer is likely not anyone of note, though we shall see.

"Juan will provide us with a right-handed hitting counterpart to Tony Gwynn Jr. and can also fill in for James Loney from time to time at first base," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on Tuesday.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Trade For Juan Rivera From Blue Jays, DFA Marcus Thames

At 41-51 and 11 games out in the National League West, one would not expect the Dodgers to be buyers with the trade deadline nearly three weeks away. But they did make a pair of moves today that suggest a willingness to add, not subtract from their team. The Dodgers acquired Juan Rivera from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations, and have designated Marcus Thames for assignment.

Thames was brought on board to be a lefty-mashing portion of a platoon in left field, but injuries have limited his playing time. In 70 plate appearances this season, Thames hit just .197/.243/.333 and at this point is essentially unable to play the field with a calf injury. He has not played in the field for the last 15 games.

Rivera hasn't been much better than Thames this season, hitting .243/.305/.360, but his ability to play the field at the very least makes him an upgrade over Thames. The question is, at what cost? Rivera's salary is $5.25 million this season, meaning he is owed roughly $2,266,393 for the remainder of the season. The Blue Jays are undoubtedly sending cash in the deal, but the amount has not yet been reported.

Dodgers' left fielders this season have hit .213/.305/.313 with two home runs. Rivera has hit .327/.400/.509 this season against left-handed pitching, and has also played 20 games at first base. He gives the Dodgers an option at first base to rest James Loney against southpaws. Rivera hit a career-high 25 home runs with the Angels in 2009.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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