Many people know the story of how the Cubs signed Jon Lester and eventually brought in his personal catcher, David Ross. Could that be happening again? According to people close to Yu Darvish, he is in contact with the Cubs. Although it is just a rumor at the moment, it surely could be true that he is contact with the Cubs. But the Cubs made a possibly interesting transactions few days ago as they signed catcher Chris Gimenez.
The 35 year old catcher most recently played for the Minnesota Twins in 2017. There, he batted .220 in 186 at bats. If you don’t want to do the math, that is 41-186 at the plate. Gimenez posted a 26% strikeout percentage last year which was the 7th highest on the team. Although he did strikeout a lot, his walk percentage was tied for highest on the team at 14.7%.
Gimenez will be used as a primarily defensive reliability behind the plate for the Cubs. That is, if he beats out up and coming Victor Caratini for the backup spot on the Cubs depth chart. In 59 games played in 2017, Gimenez posted a .998 fielding percentage by only committing one error.
The big speculation around the signing of Chris Gimenez is the rumors about big name free agent Yu Darvish. There have been previous reports of Yu Darvish being in contact with the Cubs and that he will make a decision on who he is going to sign with later this week. For what it’s worth, Chris Gimenez was Darvish’s personal catcher when the two played in Texas in 2015.
Obviously, a Yu Darvish signing would be huge for the Cubs as their top 3 in the rotation would be Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Darvish (no specific order yet). With the likes of Kyle Hendricks and newly acquired Tyler Chatwood, the Cubs starting five on the bump this year should be in the conversation for the best in baseball. We will see how the rest of this week pans out.