Friday, November 23, 2012
Hot Stove: Blue Jays catchers
By Richard Durrett
The Texas Rangers need catching help and the Toronto Blue Jays have a surplus of catchers. So it makes sense that the two teams could at least talk about the options.
Toronto has catchers J.P. Arencibia, John Buck and Travis D'Arnaud. A report out said the Rangers were interested in Arencibia and Buck (I bet they'd also be interested in D'Arnaud, one of the top prospects in the game, but the price is certainly going to be high).
Arencibia, who turns 27 in January, had 18 homers and 56 RBIs in 2012. But he hit just .233 and had a .275 on-base percentage. In his career, Arencibia is averaging 29 homers per 162 games. He's arbitration-eligible after the 2013 season, so he'd be under club control through 2016.
Some other interesting numbers on Arencibia: He has five homers in 31 at-bats at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He has more homers in Arlington than any other road location.
Buck, 32, has one year left on the three-year contract he signed with the Miami Marlins prior to the 2011 season. He'll make $6 million and I can't think he'd cost much on the trade market. He hit .192 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs. He batted .227 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs in 2011 (not quite the impressive 2010 numbers he put up: .281 average, 20 homers, 66 RBIs). He's a right-handed hitter and, again, would give them some power. But at $6 million, is he worth it? Geovany Soto hit .198 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 2012. Those numbers are nearly identical to Buck. The Rangers must decide by the end of next week whether to offer Soto arbitration. He could cost $5 million or so if they do.
I'm intrigued by Arencibia as a catching option and I think his power could play nicely in Arlington. Certainly, it makes sense to talk to Toronto and see what the price tag is for the catchers. What do you think about these catchers?