Wherever you are, David Wintheiser, I'm sure you know your boy has moved down south already...
Back at Twins Territory last season, and pretty much most other places, the Twin the blogosphere was most likely to rip on was Luis Rivas. Rightfully so, as Rivas never grew as a player, rarely seemed to give the effort that less talented playes gave, and often seemed to be swinging for the fences when really all we wanted him to do was get on base.
On Wednesday, MLB.com reported that Tampa Bay reached an agreement on a minor-league deal with Rivas, now 26.
Year Age Games OBP OPS SB
2000 20 16 .323 .737 2
2001 21 153 .319 .681 31
2002 22 93 .305 .697 9
2003 23 135 .308 .690 17
2004 24 109 .283 .715 15
2005 25 59 .311 .627 4
Defensively, Rivas was solid...as long as he got to the ball. Always a difficult measure to quantify, Rivas was widely regarded as solid with the leather but lackluster on the range and aforementioned effort.
Now, he's the Devil Rays' issue. Happy trails, Luis Rivas. May Tampa Bay bring you more success than did Minnesota.