Gale signed a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Gale spent last year with the Dodgers but never made it past the team's taxi squad. Organizational depth seems to be the most fitting role for the 32-year-old backstop, as he's appeared in just 22 career MLB games, hitting .108/.108/.189.
Gale is part of the Dodgers' three-player taxi squad, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Though he has played in only 22 major-league games, Gale has been in professional baseball for 10 years, the last three of which have been with the Dodgers. Gale doesn't offer much as a hitter and won't be eligible to play in big-league games unless a member of the 30-man roster goes down with an injury or tests positive for COVID-19.
Gale signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Gale spent most of the last two seasons in the Dodgers' organization, appearing in eight big-league games. He was traded for cash to the Rays at the deadline but remained in the minors for the rest of the year. The 31-year-old has appeared in just 22 major-league games over the course of his career and is unlikely to be anything more than organizational depth this season.
Gale was traded from the Dodgers to the Rays on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Gale has spent most of the season at Triple-A, compiling a .250/.303/.370 line with two home runs and one stolen base in 30 games there. He'll provide organizational catching depth for the Rays.
Gale was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Gale had been on the Dodgers' 40-man roster since having his contract selected by the team last September, but he's being removed in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. The 31-year-old has a .250/.303/.370 slash line in 30 games with Oklahoma City this season.
Gale was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Gale made one appearance off the bench for the Dodgers during his brief stint in the majors, going hitless in his only at-bat. The veteran will continue to serve as catching depth.
Gales was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Friday's game against Washington.
Gale was promoted to the major leagues after the Dodgers traded away Travis d'Arnaud to the Rays earlier in the day. Gale went 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts over four games with Los Angeles at the beginning of the year, and he'll be available off the bench for Friday's matchup if needed.
Gale was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Gale received four starts during his time on the roster, going 2-for-14 with seven strikeouts. Russell Martin (back) was activated off the injured list in a corresponding move.
Gale will start at catcher and bat eighth Thursday against the Cubs, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Even with top catcher Austin Barnes scuffling at the plate of late, Gale hasn't seen any increase in his workload. Gale will be making just his fourth start since getting the call from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 10 and will likely only be included in the lineup when Barnes requires a routine maintenance day.
Gale was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Gale will take the roster spot of Russell Martin (back), who was sent to the injured list in a corresponding move. The 31-year-old Gale should serve as the team's No. 2 catcher (behind Austin Barnes) until Martin is ready to return. He is just 2-for-22 (.091) in his big-league career.
Gale was optioned to the minor leagues Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Gale will return to the minors after getting some experience in big-league camp. His time in the major leagues has been limited throughout his career, as he's made just 22 plate appearances and has two hits (including a home run) to show for it.
The Dodgers selected Gale's contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It had been reported a day earlier that Gale was on track to join the Dodgers for their series finale with Arizona, but the transaction wasn't made official until the team cleared a 40-man roster spot for the backstop by moving Brock Stewart (oblique) to the 60-day disabled list. Gale will likely be either third or fourth on the Dodgers' depth chart at catcher and is only expected to receive a handful of at-bats in September.
Gale is expected to be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
The 30-year-old is slashing .281/.305/.383 in 318 plate appearances for Oklahoma City. However, Gale will simply serve as roster-expansion depth behind the solid backstop tandem of Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes.
The Dodgers reassigned Gale to minor-league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Gale signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in late February and the reassignment is hardly a surprise with Yasmani Grandal, Austin Barnes and Kyle Farmer currently healthy. The 30-year-old slashed .287/.328/.365 at the Triple-A level in 2017.
Gale signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Sunday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
Gale spent the majority of 2017 with Triple-A El Paso, where he slashed .278/.328/.365 before getting called up to the Padres. He appeared in just three games at the big-league level. The 30-year-old catcher has been invited to the Dodgers' major-league camp but will likely begin the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City as organizational depth.
Gale was released by San Diego on Friday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
Gale was designated for assignement three days earlier in order to make room for new signee Eric Hosmer. The 30-year-old catcher had been with the organization for eight years, reaching the majors for a total of 14 games. He has two career hits and one career home run.
Gale has been designated for assignment to clear space for new signee Eric Hosmer, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
Gale was expected to compete for the backup catcher spot with A.J. Ellis and Raffy Lopez, but that seems unlikely now. The 29-year-old hit .278/.328/.365 in 103 games for Triple-A El Paso last season. In three major-league games, he went 1-for-10 with a home run. He'll remain organizational depth for the Padres, assuming he isn't claimed off waivers.
Gale enters spring training as one of the top candidates to be Austin Hedges' backup in 2018, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Hedges is the clear first option at manager Andy Green's disposal, but the backup situation is much more up in the air. Gale's primary competition for the role is Raffy Lopez, a 30-year-old who belted 20 homers across three levels with the Blue Jays organization last season. Gale doesn't possess the same pop as Lopez, but he does have years of experience working with the Padres' minor-league pitchers and coaching staff. A strong spring showing could certainly put Gale at the top of the heap, although he'll need to show that he can make better contact against major-league pitching than he has in the past, with just two hits over 20 at-bats.
Gale had his contract purchased from Triple-A El Paso on Monday.
He'll take the roster spot of Dusty Coleman, who was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move. Gale spent 11 games time in the majors during the 2015 season, but he hasn't made it back since. He hit .278/.328/.365 in 103 games for El Paso this season and will be the fourth catcher on San Diego's active roster, so he isn't expected to see much playing time down the stretch.
Gale was promoted to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.
Gale will take over behind the plate for Austin Hedges, who is out four-to-six weeks with a hand injury. The 28-year-old batted .244/.319/.244 in 13 games with Double-A San Antonio and now gets a chance to showcase his skills at the next level. Hedges is still considered San Diego's catcher for the future, but Gale has a shot to impress.
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|2011||AA-San Antonio Missions||7||23||1||1||1||0||0||1||--||3||0||0||.043||.043||.087|
|2011||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||27||71||7||10||1||0||0||10||7||12||0||1||.141||.235||.155|
|2011||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||26||90||9||24||3||0||1||13||6||23||0||1||.267||.310||.333|
|2012||AA-San Antonio Missions||3||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||--||1||0||0||.200||.200||.200|
|2012||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||14||50||3||9||1||0||1||6||1||8||1||0||.180||.196||.260|
|2013||AA-San Antonio Missions||62||207||15||51||5||0||1||22||10||19||0||4||.246||.285||.285|
|2014||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||77||228||21||69||12||0||0||35||10||33||1||0||.303||.328||.355|
|2015||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||102||322||34||99||16||4||1||39||17||59||1||1||.307||.349||.391|
|2017||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||103||342||43||95||20||2||2||37||24||55||0||0||.278||.328||.365|