Gimenez has apparently retired from professional baseball after joining the Dodgers' organization as their game-planning coach ahead of the 2019 season, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Gimenez spent a majority of this past year at the Triple-A level, though he did play in 25 major-league games split between the Cubs and Twins. He wound up competing in a total of 386 contests across the last 10 seasons and will hang up his cleats with 202 hits, 24 home runs and 89 RBI.
Gimenez has been called up from Triple-A Rochester.
He'll add catcher depth in September but may not get much playing time. Gimenez has spent most of the season at Triple-A, appearing in just 12 games for the Cubs and slashing a brutal .143/.219/.143 before being traded to Minnesota.
Gimenez was traded from the Cubs to the Twins on Thursday in exchange for Bobby Wilson (ankle) and a player to be named later or cash, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Gimenez has spent most of the season at Triple-A, appearing in just 12 games for the Cubs and slashing a brutal .143/.219/.143 before being designated for assignment in July. He'll serve as organizational catching depth for the Twins.
Gimenez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
He was designated for assignment earlier in the week and will officially head to Triple-A to serve as organizational depth. Gimenez hit .143/.219/.143 with zero home runs in 32 plate appearances for the Cubs this year.
Gimenez was designated for assignment Wednesday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic Chicago reports.
The Cubs promoted Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa to replace Gimenez as the backup catcher to No. 1 option Willson Contreras. Gimenez appeared in 12 games for the Cubs, managing just four hits and three walks over 32 plate appearances. The 35-year-old is expected to pass through waivers unclaimed and report to Iowa within the next few days.
Gimenez is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
The Cubs are giving Willson Contreras a day off, so Gimenez will slide into the lineup for the series finale. The veteran backstop is primarily known for his defense, so he's really only a fantasy option in deeper formats.
Gimenez was called up to the big-league team Saturday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Gimenez has been struggling offensively at Triple-A Iowa, batting .224/.316/.276 in 136 plate appearances, but he is very familiar with Yu Darvish and it seems the Cubs want to make life a little easier for their $126 million pitcher. With Victor Caratini sent down in a corresponding move, Gimenez is in line to serve the primary backup in addition to being Darvish's personal catcher.
Gimenez is expected to open the season at Triple-A Iowa, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Gimenez was the favorite to break camp as the Cubs' backup catcher, but a strong showing by prospect Victor Caratini prompted the Cubs to send the veteran to the minors to open the season. It's possible he could take over as the team's backup if Caratini is sent back to the minors for more regular playing time, but he'll report to Iowa for now. Gimenez has an opt out in his contract if he isn't on the major-league roster by June 1.
Gimenez will likely be the Cubs' backup catcher with Victor Caratini likely getting sent to Triple-A Iowa, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Manager Joe Maddon seems to favor Gimenez's experience and wants to see Caratini get regular playing time, which he can't do at the MLB level with Willson Contreras entrenched as the starter. If Contreras went down with injury, it wouldn't be surprising to see Caratini leap past Gimenez, however, and snag the starting job, as Gimenez is best served in a part-time role. That gives the veteran limited fantasy appeal heading into the season.
Gimenez, who is batting .318 through 22 Cactus League at-bats, hit his first spring training home run in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
The veteran catcher is making a push to be the team's backup catcher. Victor Caratini entered the offseason as the presumptive backup to Willson Contreras, but the club may want the 24-year-old to get more playing time at Triple-A. Gimenez has experience catching Yu Darvish from his Texas days and is considered a good clubhouse presence, but he doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective.
Gimenez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
With Wilson Contreras behind the dish, Gimenez will provide depth at catcher for the Cubs. At this point, Victor Caratini is the big club's backup, but Gimenez could earn that spot with a solid showing during spring training. Gimenez hit .220 with a .732 OPS over 77 games last season with the Twins.
Gimenez cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster Monday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Gimenez appeared in 77 games as the Twins' backup catcher in 2017, hitting .220/.350/.382 with seven homers. The 34-year-old can refuse his outright assignment and become a free agent. He won't serve as anything more than a backup wherever he winds up in 2018.
Gimenez is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Gimenez has started just one of the Twins' last five games, as Jason Castro has been the club's preferred option behind the dish. Gimenez will have the chance to improve his weak .211 batting average and .698 OPS when Castro rests Tuesday.
Gimenez is not in the lineup against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Gimenez will retreat to the bench following two straight starts behind the plate. In his place, Mitch Garver draws the assignment while batting eighth. Since the All-Star break, Gimenez is hitting .217/.280/.348 with one home run and three RBI in 16 games.
Gimenez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, two RBI and three runs scored during Sunday's win over Arizona.
This was just the sixth start in August for Gimenez, so while it was a noteworthy performance, he isn't receiving enough playing time to move the needle in the majority of the fantasy settings. Additionally, Gimenez's .204/.323/.372 slash line is nothing to write home about.
Gimenez is slashing .196/.323/.366 with five home runs and 11 home runs in 112 at-bats during his first season in Minnesota.
Despite the low average, the on-base percentage is an impressive mark for a backup catcher, actually surpassing the .314 mark of normal starting backstop Jason Castro. That said, as a 34-year-old catcher, Gimenez isn't likely to show another level and gain fantasy relevance.
Gimenez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Monday's loss to Boston.
Gimenez also homered Sunday, so the backstop might be kick-starting a hot stretch. While his fantasy value is limited because he doesn't play regularly, Gimenez's .334 wOBA and .767 OPS are decent marks for a catcher.
Gimenez went 1-for-4 with his fourth home run in Saturday's win over Cleveland. He started in left field, his first start in the outfield since September 2011.
With Max Kepler out with a foot injury and Eddie Rosario sick, Gimenez got a rare start in the outfield. He's made 27 appearances in the outfield in his career. Despite hitting .209, Gimenez has a decent .735 OPS for a catcher. He's also made six appearances as a relief pitcher in blowouts.
Gimenez went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI during Thursday's victory over the Mariners.
Gimenez receives sporadic playing time behind the dish as the backup catcher to Jason Castro. While his output Thursday assisted in the Twins' victory, it likely doesn't do much for his fantasy outlook moving forward. Although his showing Thursday boosted his stats, he's still hitting at just a .230/.374/.405 clip this season and will likely remain the team's backup option.
Gimenez is batting .214 with one home run and three RBI from his backup catching spot this season.
The journeyman backstopper, who is on his third team in as many seasons, has struggled behind starter Jason Castro this season. His batting average is on pace to be his worst since 2011, when he hit .203 with Seattle. On the plus side, the 2004 draft pick is getting on base at a clip of .368, but he's going to have to do more if he wants to earn more consistent playing time for the division-leading Twins.
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