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Report: Rangers moving toward deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

Dec 6, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

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The Rangers are zeroing in on catching help on the heels of A.J. Pierzynski leaving Texas for a one-year deal with the World Series champion Red Sox.

While Kurt Suzuki was mentioned as a possibility earlier this week, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and J.P. Arencibia are “progressing” toward a deal. Arencibia was non-tendered by the Blue Jays late Monday after the addition of Dioner Navarro made him expendable. The Rangers actually attempted to trade for Arencibia before Monday’s non-tender deadline, but the two sides were unable to get a deal done in time.

Arencibia hit 21 home runs this year, but he did so while hitting just .194 with a .592 OPS. This included a strikeout rate approaching 30 percent and a walk rate of 3.6 percent. He’s a flawed player, but the Rangers figure to at least use him as a backup to Geovany Soto in 2014.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    I wish him well. He still has a chance to be a productive player.

    • cur68 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Yeah PC. I’m with you. Good luck to him. Nice enough kid, old JPA. Just couldn’t hit the curve is all. Or keep balls in front of him. Or throw dudes out. Anyhow, I hope he can figure that out in Texas.

  2. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    He sucks, but he’ll probably get $7.5 million as that is the going rate for sub .200 hitters this year.

  3. markofapro - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Great. Another player who can’t hit. Just what the Rangers need.

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