The Phillies have waived infielder Carlos Rivero to clear a roster spot for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Rivero, 23, was claimed by the Washington Nationals. He hit .270 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI in 136 games with Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley last season. He played seven games in Triple A, hitting .185 with a homer and 5 RBI, the first time he has been in Triple A in a 6-year minor league career.
Rollins re-signed with the Phillies on Monday.
The team also announced that it had signed two more players to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training as non-roster players.
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Here are the bios, courtesy of the team:
• Hector Luna, INF – Luna, 31, spent last season at triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox minor league system where he batted .283 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI in 113 games. For his major league career, he has hit .265 with 13 home runs and 86 RBI in 311 games between the Cardinals (2004-06), Indians (2006), Blue Jays (2007-08) and Marlins (2010). A native of Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic, Luna was originally signed by Cleveland as an amateur free agent in February of 1999.
• Luis Montañez, OF – Montañez spent the majority of the 2011 season with triple-A Iowa in the Chicago Cubs organization. With Iowa last year, the 30-year-old hit .321 with 22 doubles, 7 triples, 7 home runs and 69 RBI in 92 games. He also spent time with the Cubs in 2011, appearing in 36 games, including 12 starts in the outfield. For his major league career, Montañez has hit .223 with 5 home runs and 32 RBI over 129 games between the Orioles (2008-10) and Cubs (2011). The native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was originally a first-round selection (third overall) of the Cubs in the June 2000 draft.