Blue Jays name Luis Rivera assistant coach
Former major leaguer led club's AA affiliate to Eastern League final in 2010
Alex Anthopoulos can now direct his full attention to the free agency market after officially rounding out the Toronto Blue Jays' coaching staff Friday.
The 33-year-old general manager has promoted Luis Rivera to the role of coaching assistant to new manager John Farrell.
Rivera makes the jump after one season with the organization. He managed their AA affiliate in New Hampshire in 2010, guiding the Fisher Cats to the Eastern League final after fashioning a 79-62 record in the regular season.
The native of Cidra, Puerto Rico, appeared in 781 major league games over 13 seasons with Montreal, Boston, Kansas City, Houston and the New York Mets.
The former infielder began his coaching career in 2000 with the Cleveland Indians organization, where he spent 10 years and in 2003 was named South Atlantic League manager of the year.
In 2006, the 46-year-old Rivera returned to the big leagues as first base and infield coach with the Indians through the 2009 campaign.
He boasts a career managerial mark of 325-235 for a .580 winning percentage.
Earlier this week, one-time Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu joined Farrell's staff as bench coach, but there are rumblings he will interview for the vacant manager's job with the Mets.
He joins new first base coach Torey Lovullo and new bullpen coach Pat Hentgen along with returnees Dwayne Murphy (hitting), Brian Butterfield (third base) and Bruce Walton (pitching).