Designated C Mike Redmond for Assignment
Purchased the Contract of C/OF Chris Gimenez
This move was made because Mike Redmond can no longer play the position well enough for the Indians to give Carlos Santana an occasional break. They lived with Redmond while Lou Marson was up hitting .191/.268/.262, even making Redmond Fausto Carmona's personal catcher. But all that went by the wayside when the Indians brought Santana up, and the young catcher immediately started to hit. Like with Victor Martinez, a team needs a good-hitting backup to a great-hitting starting catcher or they'll run the starter into the ground. Redmond's 9-3 groundout probably sealed the deal.
Instead of bringing Marson back up to play once a week, the Indians went with Chris Gimenez, a catcher that can play in the outfield, a unique combination. He was serving not only as Marson's backup in Columbus, but made starts in right field (26), left field (9), and even at first base (3) and third (1). If this means fewer Trevor Crowe starts in left field, so much the better. Gimenez was hitting .276/.341/.464 with the Clippers, and it helped that his main competition for this gig, Wyatt Toregas, has had only 95 plate appearances this season, and only 68 above short-season ball.