Role in 2017
We’ve already pretty much spelled out Rivera’s role for the club in 2017.
He’ll be Syndergaard’s catcher at the very least for the 2017 season and he’ll have other starts sprinkled in. That is until d’Arnaud starts to piece things together. Rivera is in a good spot for as much of a split as he received last season in New York.
The one-year deal buys the Mets a little more time to resolve the position going forward. The Mets certainly won’t want to go back to the well at this time next year. While Rivera does give you solid defense at a discounted price, you’d like to have more offensive production in total from your catchers.
I personally don’t see Rivera going beyond this year unless there has been no movement forward from anyone in the organization. That of course is a different story.