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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Catcher J.P. Arencibia has passed his physical and is now an official member of the Texas Rangers, the team announced Tuesday.
Arencibia, who will turn 28 next month, has a one-year contract for a reported $1.8 million, with $300,000 in reachable incentives.
"For me, winning was a big draw," Arencibia said. "I know from playing against the Rangers and seeing the way they go about their business on the field, they have a winning team and have for quite some time."
Arencibia, who will be the No. 2 catcher behind Geovany Soto, batted .194 with 21 home runs, 18 doubles and 55 RBIs last season with the Toronto Blue Jays. He also played in a career-high 138 games.
"Last year, for whatever it may be, the second half I played banged up," Arencibia said. "I didn't put much stake into [the numbers]. As you mature as a player, the more experience you get.
"For me, the power is the thing that's always been there. I know throughout my career that I can hit for average, and in the big leagues I haven't yet. But I definitely know that's a part of my game that's in there. You get more and more mature."
Arencibia has 62 homers the past three seasons, the fourth-highest total among big league catchers in that span.
Arencibia, drafted 21st overall in 2007, has a .212 career batting average in 380 games. He's played in just 11 games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and has a .256 average (11-for-43) with seven homers, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored.
"Whatever it is, I'd like to bottle it up," Arencibia said. "I've enjoyed the park. One thing I enjoy is the heat. I really do like playing in the hot weather. That's what I grew up doing in Miami. I enjoy that part of it and the atmosphere. The stadium always has a large amount of fans, and that makes playing more enjoyable."
The Rangers now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.