Rangers Sign J.P. Arencibia

TUESDAY: The Rangers have announced Arencibia's deal via press release, making it official.

FRIDAY, 1:44pm: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Arencibia will earn $1.8MM in 2014 and has an additional $300K worth of incentives in his deal (Twitter link).

12:44pm: Arencibia will receive roughly $2MM on a one-year deal, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

11:26am: The Rangers have reached an agreement with free agent catcher J.P. Arencibia, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (Sulia link). Reports last night indicated that the Rangers were nearing a deal with the CAA Sports client.

Arencibia will presumably back up Geovany Soto in Texas. Arencibia hit just .194/.227/.365 in 2013 and is unlikely to ever hit for much of an average, but with his power, he can be effective if he bats above .215 or so, as he did in 2011 and 2012. He has 62 home runs in the past three seasons, and hitting in Arlington should help him maintain that level of power. Though he has his warts, Arencibia was one of the game's top pitch-framing catchers in 2013 — an undervalued element of catchers' skill sets.

Charlie Wilmoth contributed to this post.


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11 Comments on "Rangers Sign J.P. Arencibia"


Dustin Bicknell
1 year 8 months ago

Arencibia has7 hrs in 10 games at the ballpark in arlington ill take that chance as a backup catcher

Taylor
1 year 8 months ago

Im not against giving him a shot, i just dont think he is going to see a huge turnaround. He will have some pop but strike out a TON and we will take it as a trade off for a bench bat/back up

But yeah I dont think pudge does hitting, that would be the various hitting instructors jobs

Dustin Bicknell
1 year 8 months ago

Chris Davis struck out A TON while he was here look what hes doing now.

Taylor
1 year 8 months ago

Davis is a great example of what best case scenario is, but there are way more cases of strikeout guys continuing to strikeout than guys who turn into allstar power hitters who hit for average.

Dustin Bicknell
1 year 8 months ago

Davis still struck out 199 times last season and hit 53 homers. People are over dramatic about strikeout numbers the number that should concern you is the number of walks JP has which are very few. I dont really care how he gets outs, but you can strike out 200 times a years and still be a stud. Another example of this would be Adam Dunn

Dustin Bicknell
1 year 8 months ago

Why dont you check out there statistics in the minors compared to each other and see my point

Taylor
1 year 8 months ago

I understand but the 3+ years in the majors clearly define him as a strikeout guy. Im not saying he might bust out of it, but most dont suddenly flip a switch at age 28 and stop striking out.

Taylor
1 year 8 months ago

I understand but the 3+ years in the majors clearly define him as a strikeout guy. Im not saying he might bust out of it, but most dont suddenly flip a switch at age 28 and stop striking out.

Runtime
1 year 8 months ago

Is this the official term for a player that hits 20+ HRs and finishes with an OPS under .600?

LetsGoBucs92122
1 year 8 months ago

He is not going to hit for average so go to a place that he can hit some bombs…smart move by JP!

Steven Russell
1 year 8 months ago

I agree, he sure does have a way with those timely/clutch hits. He’s always had big upside but hasn’t realized yet, I’ll be rooting for him.