CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians acquired catcher Chris Gimenez on Monday in a trade with the Texas Rangers for cash considerations.
The Indians also designated back-up catcher Adam Moore for assignment as part of the transaction, to make room on the 40-man roster.
The move comes after Roberto Perez was injured over the weekend agains the Phillies. Terry Francona said yesterday that surgery is still a possibility for the back-up catcher.
Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday’s finale in Philadelphia, with Moore taking Perez’s spot on the roster.
Gimenez is a seven year veteran who was originally drafted by the Indians in the 2004 MLB draft. He’s spent the last season with the Rangers after being with Cleveland in 2014.
Gimenez hit .255 with 5 HR & 14 RBI (.820 OPS) in 36 games for the Ranges in 2015, while contributing to Texas’ American League West Division title. He made 18 starts in September and October and 2 starts in the ALDS vs. Toronto. Gimenez also has a career .765 OPS (1.095 in 2015) vs. left handed pitching.
The 33-year old journeyman began the 2016 season on the 15-day DL with an infection in his left ankle and began a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco on April 25. However, Gimenez was designated for assignment on Tuesday by the Rangers.
The Indians continue their series Wednesday afternoon vs. the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 6:10 pm.