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Rangers tried to trade for J.P. Arencibia

Dec 5, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

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From MLB.com’s Rangers beat writer, T.R. Sullivan:

The Rangers had serious trade discussions with the Blue Jays about catcher J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered on Monday, according to industry sources.

A trade was close to being completed but the Rangers were reluctant to add another arbitration-eligible player. The Rangers were willing to do a trade if Arencibia was willing to agree to a contract that would have avoided arbitration.

Arencibia is now a free agent and Sullivan says the Rangers’ interest in bringing him aboard remains strong. The 27-year-old slugger would have earned close to $3 million through the salary arbitration process if he would have been tendered a contract by Toronto.

Arencibia owns a .212 career batting average and .258 career on-base percentage, but he’s averaged 27 homers for every 162 games since breaking into the major leagues in 2010 and the Ballpark In Arlington is kind to power swings. He could serve as a backup to catcher Geovany Soto and a part-time DH.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Texas would be a good landing spot for him. The year was not all bad for Arencibia. He did get engaged to a hot country singer.

    • Old Gator - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      And in Arlington, an afternoon game in mid-July is hot too. Chances are she’d be sitting in the concubine’s section not wearing much. Throw her in and it’s a done deal.

  2. hittfamily - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    If baseball doesn’t work out for JP, he could be the lead singer for Maroon 5. He’s a dead ringer.

    • spudchukar - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      He sings like he catches.

      • Old Gator - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Oh wonderful. We need another Neal Diamond like we need another open faced turkey sandwich from Big Boy.

  3. koboyle23 - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Texas GM ” I will give you everything in my right pocket for JPA”

    • nbjays - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      What has it got in its pocketses, Precious? Hmm? *gollum…gollum*

      • stex52 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        10 points for most original post of the day. Thanks, nbj.

  4. Matt B - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    His fiancĂ© (pictured) is Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry. She can do all the singing for him and makes about or as much money as he does. Maybe even more…

  5. anxovies - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Who’s the guy standing next to Kim Perry?

  6. arrooo - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    She makes a lot more

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