Chris Gimenez Signs With Rays

Greg Johns of MLB.com tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates might sign utility player Chris Gimenez, who recently elected free agency after being outrighted by the Seattle Mariners. Gimenez can’t sign until Thursday after refusing the outright assignment.

In his career, Gimenez has a .171/.279/.272 line in 228 at-bats, including a .203/.314/.271 line in 59 at-bats in 2011. He’s played first base, left field, right field, and catcher in the majors, spending most of his time behind the plate. If signed he would likely be on a minor league deal and a non-roster invitee, since the Pirates could have claimed him if they wanted him on a major league deal. He turned 29 in December.

UPDATE Thursday 4:52 PM: Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that the Rays have signed Gimenez.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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