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J.P. Arencibia | Catcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
Contract: view contract details

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J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.
That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster. Mar 26 - 12:47 PM

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Orioles signed 1B/C J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Arencibia batted just .177/.239/.369 in 222 plate appearances last season for the Rangers. He slugged 21 home runs in 2013 with the Blue Jays, but the 29-year-old is far too inconsistent of a hitter and probably won't have a very prominent role in Baltimore, if he makes the team at all.
Jan 8 - 12:45 PM

J.P. Arencibia has elected free agency.

Arencibia was outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster earlier this week and he'll now seek an opportunity elsewhere. After posting a .592 OPS and a 210/28 K/BB ratio in 201 games over the past two seasons, he'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Rangers sent 1B/C J.P. Arencibia outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Arencibia, 28, batted just .177/.239/.369 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI over 222 plate appearances with the Rangers this season.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 04:58:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia made his pitching debut Wednesday, throwing a scoreless ninth in the 10-1 loss to the Rays.

A few more games like this and he'll no longer have a negative WAR. It was Arencibia's first pitching appearance dating back to at least high school. According to, his 10 pitches ranged from 70 to 74 mph.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:37:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia swatted his eighth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Astros on Friday.

Arencibia has been rejuvenated since returning from Triple-A on July 18, hitting .250 (17-for-68) with seven homers and 22 RBI in his first 19 games. He was moved up to third in the lineup on Friday and should continue to see plenty of RBI chances in the middle of the Rangers lineup.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 12:28:00 AM

J.P. Arencibia went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Arencibia delivered an early blow with a three-run double in the second inning, and he tacked on a solo home run in the fifth. The homer was Arencibia's sixth since being recalled on July 17, hitting .262 with 20 RBI in that time. With the Rangers going nowhere this year, the 28-year-old will likely find his way into the lineup on a regular basis over the season's final two months.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 11:28:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia had a ridiculous night at the plate Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI against the Yankees.

Arencibia connected on a solo shot in the fifth inning before blasting a grand slam in the seventh. His 12 total bases were a career high for a single game, and it was the eighth two-homer game of his career. The power has always been present, but his .183/.223/.404 line is what keeps him from being a fantasy option.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:39:00 AM

J.P. Arencibia broke a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, his only hit in five at-bats, but the Rangers lost in 14 innings to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Arencibia took David Huff out to right-center to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the 13th, but closer Joakim Soria gave the run right back in the bottom half of the inning. Arencibia has had a miserable year offensively, but he has homered in two of five games since the All-Star break. He's slashing a terrible .139/.186/.291 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 86 plate appearances.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:07:00 AM

J.P. Arencibia launched a three-run homer and scored two runs in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Arencibia played 20 games at first base with Triple-A Round Rock and made his first major league start at the position on Friday while facing his former team. He's not going to hit for average, but his pop could come in handy in AL-only leagues if he continues to get regular at-bats.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 10:18:00 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of C/1B J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Round Rock.

Arencibia hit just .133/.182/.233 over 66 plate appearances with the Rangers earlier this season, but now he's getting another chance. The difference this time is that he is expected to see most of his playing time at first base now that Carlos Pena has been designated for assignment. It's been that kind of year for the Rangers. The 28-year-old appeared in 20 games at first base during his time with Triple-A Round Rock. We're not optimistic about him from a fantasy perspective, but his pop could have some value in AL-only formats.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Rangers sent C J.P. Arencibia outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Arencibia is now off the Rangers' 40-man roster. He was Texas' starting catcher on Opening Day because of Geovany Soto's knee injury but batted just .133/.182/.233 over 66 plate appearances and might not make it back to Arlington this season. A waste of $1.8 million.
Thu, May 22, 2014 08:48:00 AM

Rangers optioned C J.P. Arencibia to Triple-A Round Rock.

Arencibia was batting just .133/.182/.233 with 15 strikeouts in 20 games this season for the Rangers. Texas made a $1.8 million mistake on him in December.
Tue, May 20, 2014 04:34:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia went 0-for-2, grounded into a double play and committed his second error of the year before being removed for a pinch-hitter Monday against the Mariners.

The Rangers shouldn't have signed Arencibia over the winter, they shouldn't have carried him after his awful spring (even with Geovany Soto hurt) and they shouldn't continue to keep him around now. Just admit the mistake and move on.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:55:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia went 0-for-3 and had a passed ball Monday against the Red Sox.

Arencibia isn't one of those catchers who makes up for his poor hitting with strong defense, and all things factored in, he rates as one of the game's very worst players over the last year. He's off to a 2-for-16 start with no RBI in five games this season, so the Rangers may want to start going to Robinson Chirinos more.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 10:36:00 PM

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