|Rays Add Catcher Gimenez on MiLB Deal|
by John Gregg of RaysDigest.com, February 17, 2012 at 10:36 am ET
Chris Gimenez Profile
The Rays are apparently keeping all options open for who will split time with Jose Molina behind the plate in 2012.
Yesterday it was announced that free agent catcher Chris Gimenez had been signed to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, and he appears to be the latest player brought into the fold to fight for an Opening Day roster spot as the team's back-up catcher.
Along with Molina and Gimenez, the Rays will also have Craig Albernaz, Nevin Ashley, Robinson Chirinos (40 Man), Jose Lobaton (40 Man), Mark Thomas and Stephen Vogt (40 Man) in camp at the catching position.
Gimenez has spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Indians and Mariners, and last season in 59 at bats for Seattle, he hit .203 with 1 home run and 6 runs batted in.
Originally a 19th round pick by Cleveland in the 2004 June Amateur Draft, Gimenez has a career .837 on base plus slugging percentage in his 8 year minor league career. Behind the plate he has thrown out 24 percent of runners attempting to steal.
He also offers the Rays positional flexibility, a quality that the team places an emphasis on, having played 100 games at third, 61 at first and 98 in the outfield in the minors.