The Guardians have hired T.J. Rivera for a coaching role, according to agent Phil Terrano of Agency 1 Sports.  This brings an end to Rivera’s playing career after 11 seasons, and the veteran infielder took to Instagram to thank his family, friends, and many supporters who helped him along the way.

Rivera was an undrafted player, beginning his pro career when he signed a free agent deal with the Mets in 2011.  All of his big league experience came in a New York uniform, as Rivera (a Bronx native) hit a very solid .304/.335/.445 over 344 career plate appearances with the Mets in 2016-17.