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Rangers agree to deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

J.P. Arencibia will give the Rangers some power from behind the plate.
J.P. Arencibia will give the Raners some power from behind the plate. (USATSI)

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The Rangers and catcher J.P. Arencibia have agreed to a contract, confirms's Jon Heyman. The deal will pay Arencibia roughly $2 million for the 2014 season.

Arencibia, 27, hit .194/.227/.365 (59 OPS+) with 21 home runs in 2013. That is, by far, the lowest on-base percentage in baseball history among players to hit 20+ homers in a season. Vernon Wells hit 25 homers with a .248 OBP in 2011, the second lowest. Arencibia hit .233/.275/.435 (90 OPS+) with 18 homers in 2012, so the Rangers are presumably hoping he can back to that level.

Texas signed Geovany Soto to a one-year contract earlier this winter and he is expected to remain the starter. Arencibia figures to back up and provide right-handed power off the bench.

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