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Rangers sign catcher J.P. Arencibia for $1.8 million

Dec 6, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

J.P. Arencibia AP

The Rangers nearly traded for J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Now they have him anyway, signing him to a one-year deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

It’s worth $1.8 million and includes $300,000 in incentives, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

Arencibia, who turns 28 next month, will battle Geovany Soto for playing time in Texas. He spent the last three years as the Blue Jays’ starting catcher, hitting 62 homers. However, his OBP during that time was a pathetic .260, the second worst mark among all players with 1,000 plate appearances the last three seasons (Yuniesky Betancourt was worst, at .257).  He had 389 strikeouts versus just 72 walks in 1,264 at-bats.

Last season, Arencibia bottomed out to a .227 OBP.

Soto projects better offensively and is the superior defensive catcher, so he should get most of the starts in Texas.

  1. pinkfloydprism - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Have another donut to celebrate J.P.

    • drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      I think you meant to say “Have a Cigar…you’re gonna go far…”

      • pinkfloydprism - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Well, that would be better… but not as fun as the Donut Remark :)

  2. rdillon99 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Best of luck to him… He is a fine person, just not a very good baseball player.

    • bendover09 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      He is in the MLB … I would not say he is not good , just not up to par with everyone else. BUT he could still blossom on a better team other than blue jays

      • rdillon99 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Well, yes, obviously he is better at baseball than 99.99999% of the general public. In relation to other major league baseball players, however, the evidence to date suggests that he is not very good…. I didn’t think that it was necessary to spell out the context of my remark like that

  3. missthemexpos - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Maybe some of his whiffs on those hot Texas evenings will help to cool off the fans near home plate!

  4. drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Smart move. And by smart I mean signing this guy while EVERYONE is paying attention to Cano to the Mariners.

  5. edelmanfanclub - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    He can hit bombs but the guy has a .258 career OBP, but at the rate the market is going I wouldnt be surprised if he got 5 mill (even if he’s splitting time).

  6. sincitybonobo - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    He’ll take it.

    2013
    .732 OPS at home
    .454 OPS on the road.

    Doesn’t exactly kill that CF sign-relaying theory.

    Look at the past 16 PCL MVPs. Very few have had even average MLB careers. Winning it is an accomplishment, but you’d think more recipients would develop into quality major leaguers.

    • sincitybonobo - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Wow. He’s getting a 300% raise!

      He should wear a ski mask to work on the 1st and the 15th.

      Damn straight, he’ll take it

  7. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    He sucks

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