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A’s Claim Chris Gimenez

December 20, 2013

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard permalink
    December 20, 2013 3:13 pm

    I think you nailed it: the A’s are hoping to sneak him through waivers. If not, no loss.

  2. Kasper permalink
    December 20, 2013 4:44 pm

    Maybe someone’s gonna be traded ? Defensively I do not like John Jaso, I don’t know what his stats are but watching him was ugly at times. He’s a great contact hitter, fouling off balls and making pitchers work. Plus, what if Jaso never fully recovered from the concussion ?

    How do you feel about Vogt ? I’m not sure yet. Anyway, Chris Gimenez does had depth. He could work out like Brandon Moss did, or be released like many others.

    • December 20, 2013 5:39 pm

      It seems silly to sort of do this before a trade. Especially given how much do you have to be improving elsewhere to justify getting a guy like Gimenez, though that explanation seems more plausible than many. I like Jaso a lot, though I agree defensively he leaves much to be desired, and I do wonder what the repercussions may be. Still however, of all the catchers in MLB to claim or acquire is Gimenez the best one can do?

      I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other regarding Vogt. I certainly like him far more than I do Gimenez and think that he provides a very credible back up at Sacramento. Moss one had reason to expect things out of. With Pawtucket in 2008 he had 8 HRs in 182 PAs with a 134 wRC+. In 2010 in Indianapolis he had 22 HRs in 556 PAs with a 115 wRC+, in 2011 in Lehigh Valley: 23 HRs in 506 PAs with a 139 wRC+ and then before the A’s called him up 15 HRs in 224 PAs with a 141 wRC+ in Sacramento. Being able to hit MiLB pitching and having trouble adjusting to MLB pitching (as Moss had issues with) is one thing. Gimenez just doesn’t inspire against MiLB pitching either. Gimenez’ last high wRC+ (143) came in 2012 with Durham which I believe to be largely attributed to a .359 BABIP. Prior to that it is maybe 2010 in Columbus when he hit to a 118 wRC+.

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