USATSI_6612216_154511044_lowresCatcher 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.

 
 

7 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    I just read that Grant Balfour is available!

  2. Geoff Peterson says:

    I think Youkilis would have more upside than Jamey Carroll, I hope that’s the move. I’d also like to see another backup outfielder type that bats lefty and has a little pop.

    • Geoff Peterson says:

      Crap, he just signed in Japan. Maybe he wasn’t healthy enough for the Rays or others to take a flier on him

    • Dave L says:

      Youklis is getting $4-5M to play for Tanakas defending champ team. Thats an emperors ransom in Japan. He will be one of the highest paid players over there and have a great experience for his family

      He wouldnt get that here at this point. Its a good move for him to get a chance to play every day and grow his worldwide brand at worst. Most never make it back here.

      Scott signed for a fraction $300K in Korea but its a nice option at seeing if he can get healthy an play every day.

      The ball players fitness regimens in both countries cant hurt surely

  3. Craig says:

    I would sign Balfour now while they can.

  4. mep645 says:

    Always liked watching Giminez play. He toiled in Durham for several years. He was in contention for the 2nd catcher last Spring Training but he had options, so Lobaton was kept.

    Best of luck Chris

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