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Tampa Bay Rays Sign Chris Gimenez

According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Rays have signed free agent catcher Chris Gimenez to a minor league deal today. The Seattle Mariners designated Gimenez for assignment last week, and he soon elected free agency before the Rays picked him up.

The Mariners re signed Gimenez in December to a major league deal after they had non tendered him. 29 years old, Gimenez has 267 career plate appearances in several MLB stints in the past two seasons.

A 19th round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2004, Gimenez saw the MLB for the first time in 2009 on June third. He had a total of 75 at batsgame with the Indians before being released and then signed by Seattle last season, where he played in 24 games. He hit .203 in those games, the highest batting average of his career.

He is expected to start out his Rays career in Triple A.