Posted December 06, 2013

Report: Rangers agree to 1-year deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

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J.P. Arencibia (Brad White/Getty Images)

J.P. Arencibia has hit 62 home runs in the last three seasons. (Brad White/Getty Images)

J.P. Arencibia may not be the biggest name on the free-agent market, but he certainly has pop in his bat.

The catcher signed a one-year deal with the Rangers on Friday for around $1 million in base salary, a source told Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.

Arencibia, a 2007 first-round draft pick who’ll turn 28 in January, played the last four seasons with Toronto, but the Blue Jays declined to offer him a contract, making him a free agent. He’s hit 62 home runs in the last three seasons, including 21 this past year.

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But Arencibia’s .258 career on-base percentage is tied for 10th lowest in the last 60 years among 1,941 non-pitchers with at least 1,250 plate appearances, according to Grant. And his .592 OPS last year is the lowest in history for a player with at least 400 plate appearances and 20 home runs.

In 44 career plate appearances in Arlington, Arencibia has a 1.040 OPS with seven homers.

Arencibia will likely back up Geovany Soto.


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