Arencibia signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Arencibia was released by the Rays earlier in the offseason, but he performed well when given the opportunity in Tampa, hitting .310 with six homers in 24 games at the big league level last season. He may not get to start the season in the majors, but he should get the opportunity in spring training to earn a spot.
Arencibia was released by the Rays on Monday. This move was effectively made last week when the Rays designated Arencibia for assignment ahead of the Rule 5 roster deadline. Arencibia once again put his power on display at the major league level last season, smacking six homers in 24 games, but he struggled at Triple-A Durham throughout most of the year. The 29-year-old had a .227/.259/.443 line with Durham, numbers well below his career marks at that level (.258/.304/.508). Still, he figures to get a look in spring training with another club.
The Rays have chosen to part ways with Arencibia, the Tampa Bay Times' Mar Topkin reports. The team elected to hold onto Rene Rivera and part ways with Arencibia as they shuffle their roster with the approach of the Rule 5 draft. He may be given a minor league with another team, but is unlikely to ever be an everyday catcher in the big leagues anytime soon.
Rays catcher J.P. Arencibia (hand) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. Arencibia was expected to be limited over the next couple days by a hand strain, but it will surprisingly not keep him out of the lineup Wednesday. He will catch and bat seventh for the Rays against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Rays catcher J.P. Arencibia will be limited for a few days due to a hand strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. There's no doubt Arencibia's been on a hot streak since joining the Rays, but there's a strong chance he misses some starts in the next few days. If he does, Luke Maile and Rene Rivera figure to fill in behind the plate.