Juan Rivera, RBI Machine

Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com, Sept 19, 2011:

More obvious alternatives for left field are rookie Jerry Sands and veteran Juan Rivera, the second-half RBI machine eligible for free agency and corresponding salary.

Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com, Sept 29, 2011:

Second-half offensive improvement after the bargain addition of RBI machine Juan Rivera has convinced management that jumping a few slots in the standings is doable, especially after watching Arizona go from worst to first.

Shaun Garrison, DodgersRumors.com, Oct 4, 2011:

Juan Rivera shocked a lot of folks after he was acquired by the Dodgers. He turned into an RBI machine and helped the Dodgers to a strong second half.

Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com, Oct 29, 2011:

The platoon of Marcus Thames and Jay Gibbons failed, but Rivera was salvaged and turned into an RBI machine.

Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com, Dec 31, 2011:

The second-half offensive improvement after the bargain addition of RBI machine Juan Rivera has convinced management that jumping a few slots in the standings is doable, especially after watching Arizona go from worst to first.

Jorge Ortiz, USA Today, Jan 5, 2012:

Juan Rivera was an RBI machine after arriving from the Toronto Blue Jays, making teams pay for pitching around Matt Kemp, but it wouldn’t be realistic to expect that from him for a whole season.

Steven Silva, FanFeedr, March 13, 2012:

Combine that along with 2011 second-half RBI machine Juan Rivera, the young, exciting, speedster Dee Gordon and a complete season from the usually reliable James Loney, the Dodgers may not even miss the near-miss they had when Detroit rashly signed Prince Fielder to replace the injured Victor Martinez.

Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com, April 2, 2012:

As if a switch was flipped, Juan Rivera was claimed at the All-Star break and became an RBI machine, while James Loney suddenly found his stroke again.

Sheesh. Sorry, Ken.

33 comments
Brian R
Brian R

My favorite quote was the Steven Silva one and the phrase "usually reliable James Loney"

Joshua Maxson
Joshua Maxson

Hoping we make an offer on Travis Snider now that the Jays have decided to go with Thames to start the season. He seems like a good candidate for a "change of scenery" break out, and if he lives up to his potential, would be an awesome addition to our outfield landscape.

Wil
Wil

Good things happen when you hit behind guys who can actually get on base regularly. Here's hoping Rivera is a 2012 RBI Machine cuz he'll probably be one of the few Dodgers who will have that luxury. Not that RBIs determine his value in any way, but because this team is gonna need as many runs as they can get.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

Cain and Votto getting extended today it appears....there goes those options! Mike what do you think of Anibal Sanchez? I see some mentioning him as a possible target for teams needing a solid starter?

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy
DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy

I love when the posters over there called out Ken for lazy writing, a while back he even has a certain smugness about his posts that some of us wondered if he was really a Giants fan.

Casey
Casey

Perception is reality!

CJW2323
CJW2323

Mike is an LOL Machine.

Alex
Alex

Per Dodgers.com, Chad Billingsley is thinking about throwing away the cutter for good. Am I the only person who is overjoyed by this? I've been saying forever that Bills' problem has been that he gets too cute with his pitches always trying to nibble on the corners and make his fastball move every direction under the sun. He sacrifices velocity to make the ball dance and sometimes thats a good move. It just doesn't work for him though..... Hitters demolish that 88-89 mph cutter. Its like he is afraid to throw heat now. I want the old Bills back. The one that lived on a 93-94 mph hard 4-seamer and nice breaking ball. I think he can turn his entire career around if he just gets back to throwing straight gas.

Real Tom
Real Tom

Unfortunately (or hopefully?), you're going to have to run this exact same article with Loney's name in a couple months. And then we'll sign either Rivera or Loney for all those RBIs.

format
format

Where's the new site Mike? I fully expect to see a cropped photo background of Ronald Belisario with the word YES and the word FOUND

Greg
Greg

Mike, I had to double check the date -- Did you post this yesterday? ;)

Rich
Rich

RBI > LOB I'll take it.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

Well hopefully he lives up to his name (which of course means that Gordon, Kemp and Ethier are on base a ton!)

Paul
Paul

I wasn't sure if I read the numbers right.... 6 years, 127.5 mil to Matt Cain? He's long been a solid, underrated #2, but that's just unreal.

Ryan
Ryan

I like the thought alex. Good point

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler

Did a post recently about Billingsley and needing to trust his fastball more. I think it's always good to have a solid pitch to throw, but he's been throwing the cutter way too much. It would be nice to see him get back to the hard fastball. However, he's going to have to come up with a pitch to keep lefties in check -- either a changeup or a true slider (don't think his curveball is that pitch). The cutter was solid at one time, but it seems to be more of a liability for him at this point. Didn't think he'd scrap it all together, but it could be the first step in the right direction.

Mike
Mike

Unless we see some unexpected breaking news today, this may very well be the last new post on the current iteration of the site. Have some final IE issues to nail down tonight and hoping to push the button tomorrow.

SamAdams
SamAdams

Exactly! With Gordon, Kemp, and Ethier ahead of him, he should get plenty of opportunities to drive in runs.

Bip
Bip

Fitting that the team who gave 7/126 to Barry Zito should do this. Cain to me is in the weird place in between being a #1 and #2 starter. In as sense though, he's easily one of the 30 best pitchers in the MLB so you could say he's a #1.

Bip
Bip

He said he's been happy with his changeup lately. I never noticed him using it much, but I'm sure now we'll see a lot more of it.

badger3
badger3

I agree. Four seamer, two seamer, change and curve. A guy with his power should just use those four pitches and put them where he wants them. High and tight, low and away.

Greg
Greg

We'll see if this 33 year old "machine" is obsolete. Maybe a Spring Training Tuneup is in order?

Another Scott
Another Scott

Very true. I didn't say I would take Kennedy over Cain. I bet some GM's would though. Maybe Neddy? haha.

Bip
Bip

Kennedy's only really good season was last year, and Cain has more or less sustained that level of performance over his career.

Another Scott
Another Scott

I didn't say Kennedy, I said you could argue Kennedy.

Mike
Mike

I wonder if Kennedy is so overrated that he's now underrated.

Real Tom
Real Tom

Arizona? Who with the Dbacks is better than Cain? I like Hudson, but Cain's been good for a while now. And if you say Kennedy, just know the world giggles at you.

Paul
Paul

I guess it was a little hasty to only list those 3 teams. I wasn't counting injured pitchers, but you're right, there are quite a few AL teams with better #1's. What I meant to say is that Lincecum is the main reason Cain hadn't received as much recognition as he should have, but now he has 127.5 million reasons to get over that.

Another Scott
Another Scott

My apologies for all the terrible grammar errors in that last comment. Must have had a stroke while typing it.

Another Scott
Another Scott

Are not counting the AL? Because I count a lot more teams than that. Even in the NL, Don't think he'd be a #1 for the brewers, cardinals (once carp and wainwright are back, you could argue arizona, and even florida if johnson is healthy. If you the AL into that then he moves down even further.

Paul
Paul

Not saying Cain isn't good. He is. The Zito comparison crossed my mind, but it's not quite the same. Cain would be a number one anywhere except SF, LA, or Philly. But if Cain got 126 mil, I can't imagine what it's gonna take to lockup Kershaw.

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