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Rangers add Geovany Soto and J.P. Arencibia, designate Carlos Pena for assignment

Jul 17, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

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Texas’ never-ending roster shuffling continues, as the Rangers have activated catcher Geovany Soto from the disabled list, called up catcher/first baseman J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A, and designated first baseman Carlos Pena for assignment.

Soto has missed the entire season following spring training knee surgery, but now figures to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate over Robinson Chirinos.

Arencibia has been a career-long catcher, except he was horrible defensively and of late the Rangers have been using him as a first baseman at Triple-A. Which is fine, except he’s also a terrible hitter. He has 20-homer power, but Arencibia has hit .208 with a ghastly .255 on-base percentage and .655 OPS in 400 games through age 28, posting a hideous 415/77 K/BB ratio.

Pena was signed to a minor-league deal and then quickly promoted to the majors last month, but he hit .136 in 18 games and may simply be finished at age 36. Arencibia will presumably replace him in the lineup, but Arencibia as a regular first baseman could be one of the worst players in the league.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    J. P. at first base?This should be interesting to watch.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      I wonder what reception the Jays fans will give Arencibia this weekend. I expect that he will be cheered whenever he strikes out.

    • maddog11896 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      That’s what everyone said about Mark Reynolds playing first for the Brewers on a regular basis and look at him now, one of the best defensive 1st basemen this season.

      • dsaverno - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        But Reynolds can actually hit a little, when he makes contact.

      • maddog11896 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:22 AM

        Fun fact dsaverno, Reynolds has a career .231 average. But actually, on balls put in play he has a .319 average

    • dsaverno - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      GM: Here’s a list of players I’d like to invite for tryouts.
      Scout: This guy’s dead!
      GM: well, cross him off the list then.

      (sorry, Major League)

  2. pttbrand - Jul 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Gimenez at first, Chirinos and Soto split catching.

  3. mikhelb - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    “Arencibia has hit .208 with a ghastly .255 on-base percentage and .655 OPS in 400 games”

    So… that is good or bad? Because in the ‘David Price to the Mariners’ rumour by author Poulliot, it is qualified as solid when talking about the possible return for Price, talking about Zunino, Miller and Franklin.

    • brazcubas - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Definitely bad, the two authors use slightly different stats.

      Pouliot used what’s known as the slash line:

      Batting Avg / On-Base Percentage / Slugging Percentage

      Gleeman here uses Batting Avg, On-Base Percentage, and OPS which stands for On-Base plus Slugging. As the name indicates you get it by adding the last two numbers of the slash line. Both of the examples Pouliot listed give an OPS well over .800, considerably better than our friend Arencibia here.

  4. alongthegulf - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Just what the Rangers need, a couple of more player that hit between .220 and .220!

  5. serbingood - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    The Rangers were The Washington Senators in 1971, then the move to Texas. The fans of baseball in the D.C. area have never forgiven the Senators moving – once again! They moved to MN after the 1960 season. Karma is a b@#ch, and the Rangers are doomed to being bridesmaids and never a bride until the end of time, or they are sold and move out of Texas, whichever comes first.

    Karma, the great equalizer or payback king.

  6. pixteca - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    The Peña experiment was awful, I’m glad it’s over, and I’m also glad Soto is back, but definitely not happy about Arencibia.

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