Twins Rumors: Gimenez recruiting Yu Darvish on behalf of Minnesota Twins

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Chris Gimenez
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Chris Gimenez /

Twins rumors leak that former Twin Gimenez helping to recruit Darvish to Minnesota Twins

The Twins rumors on Tuesday were that the team was being aided in their pursuit of making Yu Darvish a Minnesota Twin by a very unusual source!

Twins Rumors: Darvish

All along this offseason, the Twins have made no secret that they are interested in bringing in Yu Darvish to front their rotation for 2018 and beyond. So when the Twins rumors started on Tuesday with Darvish, that was not surprising.

What was surprising was exactly what the rumor was about. Catcher Chris Gimenez was reportedly telling his former teammate Yu Darvish about the benefits of playing in Minnesota, even though Gimenez is currently a free agent after spending 2017 with the team.


Sure, he may have put up just a .220/.350/.382 line, but Gimenez did smack 7 home runs in 77 games, playing around the diamond, and bringing a great energy and exuberance to the Twins this season. This offseason has been a great example of his personality, for instance, his reaction to the signing of Shohei Ohtani:

Gimenez did make 6 appearances on the mound for the Twins in 2017, throwing 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, not allowing a single walk.

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Now, whether Chris will be the final piece of the recruitment puzzle or if he had any sway at all with Darvish is yet to be seen, but it is a very positive thing that the Twins have put together an organization and a clubhouse that players are willing to speak well of, even after leaving.

If Gimenez will be coming back to the Minnesota Twins or not is still in the air, but his spirit and enjoyment of the game would certainly be a welcome return to the team for sure.

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Chris, even if if doesn’t work and you don’t return. Thanks for the memories of a great 2017 and the efforts made already to help the Twins in 2018 and beyond!