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Cleveland Indians trade for catcher Chris Gimenez

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You can try to keep Chris Gimenez away from Cleveland, but clearly you won't succeed.

Gimenez was so happy to be headed to Cleveland, he danced a little jig. * PHOTO:
Gimenez was so happy to be headed to Cleveland, he danced a little jig. * PHOTO:
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The Indians have acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. Catcher Adam Moore has been designated for assignment in order to make room for Gimenez on the roster.

The team was in the market for a new backup catcher because Roberto Perez is on the disabled list with a thumb injury that could require surgery and put him on the shelf for months instead of weeks.

Gimenez, a 33-year-old, right-handed hitter, was playing for the Rangers' Double-A affiliate, with a 106 wRC+ in his first seven games of action this season after a brief DL stint due to a sore ankle. This will not be his first stint with the Indians. Gimenez was originally drafted by the Tribe in 2004; he played for the Indians in 2009 and 2010, then again briefly in 2014, after time with the Mariners and Rays.

Gimenez is a decent defensive catcher, but has never hit very well at the Major League level; he has a career batting line of .218/.303/.336. He has done pretty well against lefties, though, with a career line of .270/.368/.397. Numbers like those would play very well, and I imagine Terry Francona can be made aware of that so that Gimenez's opportunities come when the team is facing a southpaw.