Catcher Chris Gimenez has been claimed off of waivers from the Rays by the Oakland A’s.
Gimenez was out of minor league options and had no shot to make the opening day roster with Jose Molina, Jose Lobaton, and Ryan Hanigan ahead of Gimenez on the depth chart.
More importantly, this move could be a signal that the Rays are close to adding another player to the big league roster. Gimenez was placed on waivers to open up a spot on the 40-man roster which was at capacity. With 39 players, the Rays now have an open spot to add a player, either through trade or free agency.
The Rays rarely make a move earlier than is absolutely necessary. The Rays also do not like give away talent for free unless they have no other choice. In this case, the Rays likely needed an open spot on the 40-man roster sooner, rather than later.
Gimemez was signed as a free agent prior to the 2012 season and played 46 games with the Rays, hitting .262 with one home run.