On Saturday afternoon the Indians announced the acquisition of catcher/utility man Chris Gimenez, who played for the Tribe briefly during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The Tribe bought Gimenez from the Rangers, where he had been backing Robinson Chirinos.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 23, 2014
This is strictly a short-term addition for the Tribe, as they needed a backup catcher while Yan Gomes is on the 7-day DL with a concussion.
Gimenez is, at best, a replacement level player who is pretty much awful is every aspect of the game. He’s a career .215 hitter, who doesn’t even have a solid glove to support his weak bat (he’s accounted for -4 DRS this season).
On the bright side, Gimenez’s return to Cleveland gives him a chance to become the answer to a fun trivia question. The worst batting average in Indians history (min. 200 PA and among non-pitchers) currently belongs to Ben Egan, a backup catcher for the Tribe during the 1914 and 1915 seasons. But with 197 plate appearances in his Indians career, Gimenez sits just .001 behind Egan.
Best of luck to Gimenez in his quest for Tribe history!