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Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Chris Gimenez (35) during a workout at Papago Park. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers acquire Chris Gimenez

To further strengthen their catching depth, the Rangers made a waiver claim from the Athletics.

Oakland had placed Chris Gimenez on the waiver wire just two days ago, and Susan Slusser had predicted from that moment that the Rangers would pick him up. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram broke the news Friday afternoon. The Rangers have been looking for catching depth ever since it was announced that original starting catcher Geovany Soto would be out 10-12 weeks. Earlier this week, Texas signed Chris Snyder after he was released from the Washington Nationals.

Gimenez has been in the majors for five years, but has only ever served as a backup/emergency catcher for Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay. With J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos being the primary catchers in Arlington, Gimenez will likely split time with Snyder at Triple-A.

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