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Jays deal outfielder Juan Rivera to Dodgers

- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays have traded outfielder Juan Rivera to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The 33-year-old appeared in 70 games for the Blue Jays this season, batting .243 with six home runs and 27 RBIs prior to being designated for assignment on July 3, the same day Travis Snider was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Rivera was acquired by Toronto on Jan. 21 along with catcher Mike Napoli from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for outfielder Vernon Wells.

Napoli was then dealt to the Texas Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco.

In 11 major league seasons with the Yankees, Expos, Angels and Blue Jays, Rivera has a .277 average with 118 home runs and 446 RBIs.

"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 in a statement.

Rivera is scheduled to make $5.25 million this season.

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