Found February 14, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
Greg Johns of tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates might sign utility player Chris Gimenez, who recently elected free agency after being outrighted by the Seattle Mariners. Gimenez can’t sign until Thursday after refusing the outright assignment. In his career, Gimenez has a .171/.279/.272 line in 228 at-bats, including a .203/.314/.271 line in 59 at-bats in 2011. He’s played first base, left field, right field, and catcher in the majors, spending most of his time behind the plate. If signed he would likely be on a minor league deal and a non-roster invitee, since the Pirates could have claimed him if they wanted him on a major league deal. He turned 29 in December.

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