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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 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. Jul 23 - 12:07 AM

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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.
Jul 18 - 10:18 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.
Jul 17 - 5:12 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.
May 22 - 8:48 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.
May 20 - 4:34 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.
Apr 14 - 11:55 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.
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

Depth Charts

C1Geovany Soto
2Robinson Chirinos
3Chris Gimenez
1B1J.P. Arencibia
2Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jake Smolinski
3Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Engel Beltre
RF1Alex Rios
2Daniel Robertson
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Nick Tepesch
6Nick Martinez
7Miles Mikolas
8Jerome Williams
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Alexi Ogando
4Neal Cotts
5Tanner Scheppers
6Ryan Feierabend
7Nate Adcock
8Roman Mendez
9Joseph Ortiz
10Pedro Figueroa
11Scott Baker