Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
— The Texas Rangers formally announced today that the club has signed free agent catcher J.P. Arencibia to a one-year contract for the 2014 season. Financial terms
were not disclosed, per club policy.
turns 28 next month, has a total of 62 home runs over the past three
seasons, the fourth-highest total among any major league catcher in that
span behind only Matt Wieters (67), Carlos Santana
(65), and Brian McCann (64). He joins the other three players on that
list as the only catchers with at least 18 home runs in each of the last
three campaigns. Arencibia batted .194 with 21 home runs, 18 doubles,
and 55 RBI in a career-high 138 games for
the Blue Jays in 2013, and his 131 games behind the plate ranked third
in the American League.
Over 11 career
games at Rangers Ballpark, Arencibia has batted .256 (11-43) with 7 home
runs, 10 RBI, and 8 runs scored. Two of his 7 career multi-homer games
have come in Arlington, with the other 5 occurring
in Toronto. He has 4 home runs in his last 4 games at Rangers
Ballpark. He also owns a .360 (9-25) career average with the bases
spent his entire career in the Toronto organization after being selected
in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 June draft out of the
University of Tennessee. He is a career .212 hitter
with 64 home runs and 193 RBI over 380 career games for the Blue Jays.
Arencibia's 63 career home runs as a catcher rank second in Blue Jays
history. Seattle also drafted him in the 17th round in 2004 out of
Miami's Westminster Christian High School, but
he elected to attend Tennessee.
With today's move, Texas has 39 players on its major league roster.