Rangers agree to deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia
The Rangers have agreed to a contract with J.P. Arencibia, who figures to serve as their backup catcher.
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.