Gimenez lost on waivers to A's
UPDATE, 2:40: Gimenez said he figured the Rays would try to move him at some point, appreciated that it was sooner than later, and much more so when he found out he was headed to his hometown A's.
"I'm pretty frickin' excited to wear white cleats,'' he said. "This is a childhood dream. And an awesome early Christmas present.''
Gimenez said the Rays told him they hoped to sneak him through waivers with the potential of signing him back to a minor-league deal, but he was claimed. "It kind of caught me off-guard,'' he said. "Not that I got moved, but to Oakland of all teams. .. It's a pretty ideal situation.''
Vogt grew up in Gilroy, Calif., which is about 45 minutes from Oakland, and lives now in Reno, which is about a three-hour drive.
He also said how much he appreciated the opportunity with the Rays, and that the best moments of his big-league career to this point came in a Rays uniform.
"I have no ill will at all, it was a great experience,'' he said. "I'm going to miss it, don't get me wrong.''
DEVELOPING: C Chris Gimenez was claimed off waivers by the A's today.
Gimenez, 30, spent most of 2013 at Triple-A Durham, called up in September and appearing in only four games for the Rays. He did play in 42 games for the Rays in 2012, hitting .260.
Gimenez was out of options so, with Ryan Hanigan and Jose Molina set to handle the catching, he was headed to the waiver wire at some point before the season started, since he couldn't be sent straight to Triple-A, and potentially lose then. And, the Rays still have Jose Lobaton, who is likely to be traded, on the roster.
It is not clear, however, why the Rays put Gimenez on waivers now unless they have another move pending. They had one open spot on the 40-man roster which is going to be filled by 1B James Loney once his signing becomes official. Now they have another.
The A's, meanwhile, continue to show their affection for Rays catchers, having acquired John Jaso (via Seattle), Stephen Vogt and now Gimenez.