The Texas Rangers have announced that they have re-signed catcher Chris Gimenez to a one year deal, which Evan Grant, via Twitter, says is for $975,000.
In addition, the Rangers have announced that they have non-tendered pitcher Nick Tepesch and outfielder James Jones.
Gimenez was seen as a potential non-tender candidate, and there were reports that the Rangers were exploring options to trade for a catcher today, which likely would have cost Gimenez, who is out of options, his spot on the 40 man roster. The deal with Gimenez, however, seems to solidify his spot as the backup to starter Robinson Chirinos in 2016.
Jones was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the deal that sent Leonys Martin to Seattle. Tepesch, meanwhile, missed all of the 2015 season with elbow issues, after spending most of the 2013 and 2014 seasons in the majors, both in the rotation and in the bullpen.
T.R. Sullivan and Jeff Wilson say on Twitter that the Rangers will try to re-sign Jones and Tepesch to minor league deals.
With these moves, the Rangers' 40 man roster now stands at 37.
The decision to non-tender Jones leaves the Rangers without an obvious backup center fielder on the 40 man roster, and reinforces the need to find someone who can play center field and back up Delino DeShields for the coming season. If Jones does return on a minor league deal, he would be in the mix for a job, though one would have to think that, if the Rangers were confident in his ability to fill that role, he wouldn't have been non-tendered.
Tepesch has a career 4.56 ERA and 4.66 FIP in 219 major league innings. The Rangers' 14th round pick in the 2010 draft, Tepesch has earned praise for his poise and command, but his limited repertoire and lack of a putaway pitch make him vulnerable to hitters the third time through the order, and seem to make him a better fit as a swing man and rotation depth than as a true rotation member.