The Rangers today announced the club has signed catcher Chris Gimenez and right-handed pitcher David Martinez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp.
Gimenez, who turns 32 on December 27, combined to hit .241 with 10 doubles and 11 RBI over 42 games with Texas and Cleveland last season. He spent the balance of the year at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .284 with 6 homers and 22 RBI. He was originally acquired by Texas on a waiver claim from Oakland on March 28 and was on the Rangers’ 2014 Opening Day roster. He was traded to Cleveland on August 23, where he spent the remainder of the year.
Martinez, 27, had 7 relief outings for the Houston Astros over the last two seasons, posting a 6.38 ERA (13 ER/18.1 IP) in his only major league action. He made 3 appearances in the majors in 2014, and spent the balance of the campaign at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 5-6 with a 5.64 ERA (52 ER/83.0 IP) over 22 games/13 starts. Martinez has spent his entire career in the Astros organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent at the age of 17.
The Rangers have also signed left-handed pitcher Efrain Nieves to a minor league contract, and he will be in minor league camp this spring. Nieves, 25, went 3-5 with a 2.29 ERA (22 ER/86.1 IP) in 44 games/4 starts last season with Dunedin, Toronto’s High-A affiliate.