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Rangers demote J.P. Arencibia to Triple-A

May 20, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

J.P. Arencibia AP

Earlier this week Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia spoke out about what he believed was unfair treatment by the Toronto media back when he was with the Blue Jays, suggesting that “the media made me out to be a monster” and that played a part in his being let go.

He might have to come up with a similar theory for the Texas media now, because today the Rangers demoted Arencibia to Triple-A less than two months into a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

Arencibia earned the demotion by hitting .133 in 20 games for the Rangers, just as he earned being let go by the Blue Jays by hitting .194 in 138 games last season. He’ll be back in the majors because catchers with 20-homer power are always hard to find, but Arencibia is a career .208 hitter with perhaps MLB’s worst plate discipline. If anything the media has been kind when describing his performance as a big leaguer.

  1. mackstrong2013 - May 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I legitimately believe I could strike out JP. Thank God that the 1 out of 50 times he touches the ball it goes yard

  2. drewsylvania - May 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Can’t wait to see his twitter now.

  3. missthemexpos - May 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Best that he is demoted now before his career batting average falls below the Mendoza Line.

  4. edelmanfanclub - May 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Patience > Power. The guy has a .255 OBP and isn’t a good fielder. Catchers turn into 1st basemen by their early 30s if they can’t catch at a major league level. Who wants a 1B who has a .655 career OPS?

  5. proudlycanadian - May 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Alas J. P., at least you still have a job.

  6. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Long overdue.

  7. jtreddog - May 20, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Have to admit…this makes me chuckle a bit as a Jays fan…the major problem with JP is that the only thing that matters to JP is JP. He calls a flawless game behind the plate…has a .900 OPS…never drops a fastball right down the middle…and can run like the wind…all this means he doesn’t have to put the time in…just ask him and he’ll tell you

  8. T Warren - May 21, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Reblogged this on Sports Never Sleep and commented:
    It was a long time coming. The Rangers need to at least use their other options, like Brett Nicholas. Maybe a stint at Triple-A is what he needs.

  9. wingskc - May 21, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Demote someone that’s not performing? What? Ya hear that, Ned Yost? Dayton Moore?

    • don444 - May 23, 2014 at 5:45 AM

      I’m so glad someone decided to interject the endlessly fascinating Kansas City Royals into a conversation that had nothing to do with them! Not really, get lost moron.

  10. drs76109 - May 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Another great catch by the pipsqueak Rangers GM.

  11. don444 - May 23, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Embarrassing development for a guy who’s hit as many as 23 homers in a season, but another reminder of the fact that being a productive major leaguer on a daily basis is anything but easy and that some just make it look so.

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