Gimenez re-signed to a Major League deal

I know, I know. Everyone wants big, stunning news from the Mariners and they want it now. But for today, the club continues working on things and making roster moves that are just part of the business.

The latest is today’s announcement that catcher Chris Gimenez has re-signed with the club on a Major League deal. Gimenez thus rejoins the 40-man roster just two days after not being tendered an offer at Monday’s contract deadline.

Though Gimenez figures to make about the same figure as a minimum salary Major Leaguer, the re-signing affects the amount the Mariners would pay him if he winds up in the Minors.

“We had every intention of re-signing Chris,” GM Jack Zduriencik said. “There was just some procedural stuff that required us to non-tender him before we negotiated a new deal for 2012.”

Gimenez, 28, played 24 games with Seattle last year and hit .203 with one home run and six RBIs in 59 at-bats. He’s primarily a catcher, but also has seen action at first base and in the outfield during his three Major League seasons, which included part-time duty with the Indians in 2009-10.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge loves the versatility that Gimenez offers as well as his clubhouse presence and leadership. Gimenez proved his grittiness in a June 28 game against the Braves last season when he played the final four innings with a strained oblique muscle after starter Miguel Olivo had already departed with a sore hamstring.

Gimenez also was serving as the club’s player rep in the final month last season, so he’s well respected by his teammates in a young clubhouse that needs more of that.

2 Comments

Gee, let’s see, there’s a first year mariner, backup catcher/utility fielder providing clubhouse leadership to a bunch of younger Mariners. then there’s an eleven-year Mariner, making $18,000,000 per year who is obviously not helping much in the clubhouse. Anyone want to trade a veteran left-handed starter for an egotistical, slap-singling, clubhouse wet blanket?

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