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Cubs claim catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from Mets

CHICAGO – With Willson Contreras still nursing a sore hamstring, the Cubs added some depth behind the plate, claiming former Mets catcher Rene Rivera off waivers.

The 34-year-old backstop is batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 54 games this season.

Behind the plate, Rivera has thrown out 10-of-31 runners attempting to steal this season, a 32.3 percent success rate, which would tie for third-best in the National League if he had enough games played to qualify.

To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks has been designated for assignment.

Brooks has gone 8-9 with a 6.20 ERA in 24 starts with Triple-A Iowa this season.