When the Texas Rangers claimed Mike Carp on waivers from the Boston Red Sox, they put catcher Chris Gimenez on the paternity list to create a spot on the 25 man roster for Carp. However, Gimenez could only spend three games on the paternity list, so another move was going to have to be made this week.
The Rangers made that move today by designating Gimenez for assignment. The Rangers now have 10 days to waive, trade or release Gimenez, but if we assume that Gimenez hasn't already cleared revocable waivers, then the Rangers will simply waive Gimenez. If he clears waivers, he can then either accept an outright assignment to AAA Round Rock, or become a free agent.
Gimenez has had quite the transactional journey the past year...Gimenez was waived in December by the Rays, claimed by the A's, waived by Oakland near the end of spring training, claimed by the Rangers, put on their Opening Day roster, waived a day later, went unclaimed, became a free agent, re-signed with Texas on a minor league deal, brought back to the majors, and now DFA'd.
We'd talked about the possibility of Gimenez sticking on the 40 man roster in the offseason, with the Rangers maybe looking at him as a backup catcher candidate for next year, but that looks like it won't be the case.
Catcher Geovany Soto is also due back from the disabled list tomorrow, so the Rangers will have to make another move then, most likely dropping a pitcher from the active roster, as there are currently 13 pitchers on the roster, and just a three man bench.