Rangers agree to deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

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 CBSSports.com'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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