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December 06, 2013

Rangers find second catcher in J.P. Arencibia

The Rangers have found their second catcher for 2014, and are putting the final touches on a one-year contract for about $1.8 million with J.P. Arencibia only days after he was not tendered a contract by Toronto.

Arencibia had been a target of the Rangers all off-season, and they attempted to make a trade with the Blue Jays on Monday before the non-tender deadline.

Arencibia was once considered a cornerstone piece of the Blue Jays' makeover, but he has disappointed at the plate and defensively. He hit his bottom in 2013, hitting .194 with 148 strikeouts to only 18 walks.

But he brings power to the Rangers' lineup. He has averaged 20 homers over his three full big-league seasons.

Geovany Soto is in position to nab around 100 games around the plate as the primary catcher, but Jon Daniels said earlier this week that he was hoping to find a durable backup who could take on a larger catching load in case of an injury to Soto or a lack of performance.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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