Nivar signs with Newark

Former York Revolution infielder Ramon Nivar has signed a contract to join the Newark Bears.

Nivar, who appeared in 35 major league games with the Rangers in 2003 and 2004, was acquired by York last year from Camden in one of BASA’s not-so-thrilling player swaps and the move created a stir. Although Nivar hit .306 in York and finished fourth in the league in steals, he repeatedly defied the coaching staff’s wishes by attempting stolen bases in inopportune moments. And he was released by the Revolution in the thick of the second-half playoff race for undisclosed reasons.

Nivar started his offseason in spring training with the San Diego Padres but then ended up with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League. He was hitting a paltry .221 with 21 RBIs in 23 games to go along with seven stolen bases.

The former major leaguer was not considered a clubhouse favorite among his teammates last year and it’s safe to say he won’t be a member of any Opening Day Partners franchises in the future. That obviously creates a problem for you if you want to return to the Atlantic League — ODP owns half of the league’s eight teams — but Newark is apparently willing to take a shot on Nivar.

A news release from the Bears said Nivar is expected to play the infield in Newark, but with Val Majewski leaving for the Astros this week, he could be forced into action in the outfield. Nivar came up as an infielder but made his debut in the big leagues in the outfield.

And if you’re wondering, York hosts Newark for a three-game series starting June 30.

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