Does signing Chris Gimenez mean the Cubs have leverage for signing Yu Darvish?

By: Thomas Gibbons

It’s a crazy theory, I know. But it’s Twitter and the sports world! It’s so fun to follow rumors and get your hopes up. Now to the facts.

Chris Gimenez, 35, reportedly was recruiting Yu Darvish to the Minnesota Twins, even though he was a free agent. He was telling the highly sought after  free agent pitcher about the benefits of playing with the Twins.

Now, can he finish the job and recruit Darvish to the Cubs?

The Darvish sweepstakes have dragged on for what seems like an eternity now. This MLB offseason has had too many “cold-stove” moments and there is still a lot of players left unsigned.

The Cubs need another pitcher to add to their rotation. Mike Montgomery is better in relief and did Eddie Butler show enough last year to open the season as the fifth starter? The top of the rotation is set with Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana. Newly acquired pitcher Tyler Chatwood will be in the mix and the Cubs have high hopes for him. If Darvish or Cobb are signed, then you could be looking at a very good rotation heading into the 2018 season.

Darvish and Gimenez were teammates in Texas. While Gimenez only caught for Darvish 10 times in Texas, the connection appears to be strong.

Willson Contreras is the Cubs everyday catcher. Would Gimenez be a personal catcher for Darvish? Unlikely in my opinion. Gimenez does not have flashy numbers at all in his career and in 74 games last season with the Twins, he  posted just a .220 average and a .350 on base percentage. Though Gimenez, if he beats out Carantini, could catch for Darvish every now and then.

Again, nothing official on Darvish. It is just possible scenariois if Gimenez makes the MLB roster and Darvish chooses to wear Cubbie blue.

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