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Report: Rangers sign Arencibia to one-year contract

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TSN.ca Staff
12/6/2013 2:40:09 PM
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According to a report, the Texas Rangers have reached a deal with free agent catcher JP Arencibia.

CBS Sports Ken Rosenthal reports the deal is worth $1.8 million with incentives that could push the deal to $2.1 million.

The 27-year-old Arencibia became a free agent on Monday night when the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered the former Tennessee Volunteer after a disappointing 2013 season and signed Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million deal.

In 138 games last season, Arencibia had 21 home runs and 55 runs batted in, but struggled mightily at the plate, hitting just .194 with a .227 OBP. Arencibia's failings weren't limited to offensive ones, as he also finished second-last in fielding percentage among American League catchers.

The Rangers incumbent starting catcher, AJ Pierzynski, left the team earlier in the week to sign with the Boston Red Sox.

J.P. Arencibia (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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