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J.P. Arencibia | Catcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 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. Apr 14 - 11:55 PM

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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.
Apr 7 - 10:36 PM

J.P. Arencibia will get the bulk of playing time at catcher for the Rangers in the early going.

Geovany Soto is expected to miss around three months following knee surgery. Arencibia is not a good defensive catcher, but he swings a powerful bat and will be playing half of his games in a hitter-friendly park, so he could be a sneaky-good fantasy option.
Mar 31 - 10:52 AM

J.P. Arencibia belted a grand slam on Sunday, powering the Rangers to a 14-8 victory over the White Sox.

His sixth inning blast off Zach Putnam was the first ball Arencibia has knocked over the boards this spring. He's still hitting a paltry .156/.182/.344 through 32 at-bats to this point, and is being thoroughly out-played by Robinson Chirinos.
Mar 16 - 10:14 PM

Rangers signed C J.P. Arencibia to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the contract details. The deal reportedly carries $300,000 in possible incentives. Arencibia was non-tendered by the Blue Jays last week after he batted just .194/.227/.365 this year, but the Rangers intend to have him back up Geovany Soto in 2014. He's unlikely to be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have reached an agreement with J.P. Arencibia.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late Thursday that a deal was close, and now it appears a passed physical is all that it needs to be complete. Rosenthal says Arencibia will get $1.8 million, with $300,000 more possible in incentives. The Blue Jays non-tendered the free-swinging Arencibia earlier this week, but he lands in a nice situation in Texas. He'll share time with Geovany Soto.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:39:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and J.P. Arencibia are "progressing towards a deal."

The particulars of the deal aren't yet known. The Rangers attempted to acquire Arencibia from the Blue Jays before the Jays non-tendered him earlier this week, so it's no surprise they didn't take much time to lock him up once he became a free agent. Arencibia is a one-trick pony who offers some power and little else, but he's not a bad guy to pair with Geovany Soto.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 11:50:00 PM

The Rangers attempted to acquire J.P. Arencibia from the Blue Jays before the Jays non-tendered him, a source tells's T.R. Sullivan.

It stands to reason, then, that the Rangers will make a play for the 27-year-old now that he's a free agent. The catcher doesn't bring much defensively and owns a career .212 batting average, but he hit 21 home runs this past season and would be a nice power option off the bench for the Rangers. The team is also considering Kurt Suzuki as a potential backup to starting catcher Geovany Soto.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 10:42:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Rangers could consider signing J.P. Arencibia.

Arencibia was non-tendered on Monday after the Blue Jays were unable to find a taker via trade. While his projected salary in arbitration was too rich for his underwhelming production, someone will be willing to take a chance on his power bat. The Rangers are said to be considering signing Kurt Suzuki to use in a tandem with Geovany Soto.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Blue Jays non-tendered C J.P. Arencibia.

The Jays tried to trade Arencibia after agreeing to terms with Dioner Navarro but were unable to find a partner. Arencibia put up a woeful .194/.227/.365 batting line in 2013 but has averaged over 20 homers the last three seasons. Someone will take a gamble on him due to his above-average pop for a catcher.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 11:32:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are still engaged in trade talks with at least one team regarding J.P. Arencibia.

The Blue Jays inked Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million contract on Monday, which effectively ended Arencibia's tenure with Toronto. Teams face an 11:59 p.m. deadline on Monday to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, so the only question is whether the Blue Jays will find a taker in time. If not, he'll become a free agent.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 04:14:00 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays are working on possible J.P. Arencibia trades.

Toronto signed free agent catcher Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million contract on Monday and will use him as the everyday catcher going forward. Arencibia is a poor defender and owns a horrendous .258 career on-base percentage, but he possesses a decent power bat and is only 27 years old. The Blue Jays should be able to find a taker eventually.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 10:44:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that multiple teams have expressed interest in trading for Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia.

This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Arencibia is coming off a terrible year in which he batted .194 with a .592 OPS. However, teams are apparently interested in his power. The 27-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. With a trade a legitimate possibility, the Blue Jays are currently monitoring the free agent market for a replacement at catcher.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:54:00 AM

J.P. Arencibia went hitless in a fourth straight start Wednesday, dropping his average to .207.

Arencibia tore it up this spring and in the first half of April, but he's been one of baseball's very worst players since and the Blue Jays must have serious reservations about going forward with him as their catcher in 2014. He currently has a .243 OBP and 131 strikeouts in 421 at-bats.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 06:33:00 PM

J.P. Arencibia belted a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

His longball in the fifth inning was the only run the Blue Jays could muster off of Andy Pettitte. Arencibia has gone deep 19 times this season to go along with a .212 batting mark, so he's been just what fantasy owners should have expected.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 07:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Geovany Soto
2Robinson Chirinos
3J.P. Arencibia
1B1Prince Fielder
2B1Jurickson Profar
2Donnie Murphy
3Josh Wilson
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Michael Choice
RF1Alex Rios
2Dan Robertson
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Tanner Scheppers
5Martin Perez
6Colby Lewis
7Robbie Ross
8Joe Saunders
9Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
R1Joakim Soria
2Alexi Ogando
3Neal Cotts
4Jason Frasor
5Shawn Tolleson
6Joseph Ortiz
7Pedro Figueroa
8Aaron Poreda