A crowded outfield in Minnesota and the lack of progress in his plate discipline led the Twins to designate Oswaldo Arcia for assignment in June, which resulted in a trade to Tampa Bay and a brief stint in Miami before he landed in San Diego. Prior to his departure from the Twins, Arcia was whiffing at a career-high 40.4 percent rate through 32 games, a far cry from the improvement he had shown in Minnesota (23.1%) and at Rochester (26.4%) in 2015. Even with the improvement he showed in Tampa Bay and San Diego (31.1 percent K%), Arcia finished with a career-worst 36.0 percent strikeout rate for the season. He joined Arizona on a minor league deal this winter, but as a subpar defender, Arcia's ideally suited for the American League. It remains to be seen if he is capable of consistently providing run production in more than a platoon role as his .771 career OPS against righties has come with a 31.5 percent strikeout rate.
Arcia was reassigned to minor league camp Friday. The well-traveled outfielder will suit up for his fifth organization this year on the back of his December minor league deal with the Diamondbacks. Arcia owns decent power and, at 25 years old, still has time to develop into something more than a top-side platoon player. Of course, he must refine the holes in his swing and wait for an opportunity in Arizona's outfield, which appears set without him.
Arcia agreed to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The Padres became the latest team to dump Arcia, releasing him in November. He struck out at a 36 percent clip in 222 plate appearances between Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Miami and San Diego in 2016. Arcia flashed notable power from the left side of the plate earlier in his career and is still just 25, so he makes for a reasonable flier for the Diamondbacks, but it's hard to imagine he'll suddenly put it together.
Arcia was designated for assignment by the Padres on Friday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The Padres needed to clear a few spots for prospects ahead of the Rule 5 draft and Arcia was a roster casualty. He's now been dumped by four different organizations this year (Twins, Rays, Marlins, Padres). Arcia showed some promise early in his career and is just 25, but his contact woes are impossible to ignore.
Arcia is out of the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers. He will take a seat with lefty Rich Hill on the mound for the Dodgers. The Padres are going with a righty-heavy lineup, featuring Alexei Ramirez in right field and Adam Rosales in left field.
Arcia is not starting Friday against the Dodgers. Arcia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Thursday, bringing his batting average down to .230 for the year. With the Padres opting to start Alexei Ramirez in the outfield, Arcia will head to the bench.