Rivera, Angels agree $12.75M deal

Updated: December 19, 2008, 5:57 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Free-agent outfielder Juan Rivera is returning to the Los Angeles Angels on a $12.75 million, three-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Rivera, 30, is a career .284 hitter with 72 homers in eight seasons with the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos and the Angels. He hit .246 with 12 homers in 256 at-bats for the Angels last season.

With Rivera back in the fold and the team still pursuing Mark Teixeira, a source with knowledge of the Angels' thinking said it's a "stretch" ...

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