Chris Gimenez #60 of the Texas Rangers hits a two run double against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of the game on May 26, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Rangers defeated the Twins 7-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
If you were a part-time player on a team 30 games out of first place, how would you feel about being traded in the regular season's final month, to pretty much anyone else?
Well, Chris Gimenez certainly was.
The Texas Rangers sent their backup catcher/first baseman, who was recently sent back to Triple-A, to the Cleveland Indians for future considerations, drawing a pretty big truth bomb out of the 31-year-old career journeyman.
"It's really nice to be [above] .500 and not 30 games below," Gimenez told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "The most exciting part is having a chance to come back in and we're in the race. ... It gives you that extra little burst that you need at this time of the year. It makes every play, every pitch that much more important and more fun."
Gimenez returns to the Indians organization, where he spent parts of 2009 and 2010. As a Ranger, Gimenez hit .262 in 34 games and also made a relief pitching appearance in one of the Rangers' several blowout losses this season.
At least he's happy.