The Tampa Bay Rays’ organizational depth at catching took a hit Friday when Chris Gimenez was claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s.
Gimenez had an outstanding spring training with the Rays but was sent to Triple-A Durham to begin the 2013 season because Jose Lobaton was out of options. Gimenez had a subpar season with the Bulls but was called up in September. He had just three at-bats in four games.
Gimenez, who played 42 games for the Rays in 2012, is the third former Rays catcher on the A’s, joining John Jaso and Stephen Vogt.
Also, Billy Gardner, who managed the Rays’ Double A team (the Montgomery Biscuits) for the past seven seasons, was hired by the Nationals to manage their Triple-A Syracuse team.