A’s Claim Chris Gimenez
Not sure what to make of this. Catcher is not a position where I felt the A’s were lacking with John Jaso, Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt all in the fold. Despite what one would assume is quite surprising depth, the A’s today claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Gimenez has failed to inspire in his time in the Majors hitting a collective .199/.292/.293 in 380 plate appearances across five seasons. He has been worth a total of -0.1 WAR in his career, hitting to a .269 wOBA and 65 wRC+ while proving adept at striking out to a 25.3% K% clip.
Gimenez who spent all but four plate appearances last year with the Durham Bulls (he went 1-for-3 with a walk for Tampa Bay) hit to a .224/.350/.305 slash line in the International League with a .316 wOBA and 93 wRC+. I don’t see any way one could justify him supplanting any of the three existing catchers. I assume that the A’s try to sneak him through waivers and hope he accepts a MiLB assignment, otherwise I don’t make much sense of this especially in light of the fact that with a full 40-man roster, someone else has to go.