The Cubs reassigned Arcia to their minor-league camp Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Arcia enjoyed an initial flurry of success upon receiving his first big-league callup in 2018, but ultimately finished with a disappointing .204/.226/.427 slash line across 106 plate appearances with the Angels. After settling for a minor-league deal with the Cubs this winter, Arcia wasn't a serious threat to unseat Victor Caratini for the backup catcher job.
Arcia signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs earlier in January, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Arcia's deal presumably includes an invitation to major-league spring training, where he'll have the opportunity to compete for a backup role at catcher. The 29-year-old reached the big leagues for the first time in 2018, slashing .204/.226/.427 across 106 plate appearances with the Angels.
Arcia was outrighted from the 40-man roster Friday. It comes as a slight surprise that the Angels didn't elect to keep Arcia protected on their 40-man roster after the 29-year-old provided some value for the club this season. In 41 big-league games following his promotion in late July, Arcia hit .204/.226/.427 with six home runs and 23 RBI.
Arcia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. Manager Mike Scioscia has made liberal use of all three of the team's catchers during the final week of the month, with each backstop drawing two starts apiece. Along with Arcia, fellow backstop Jose Briceno will sit out Sunday while Joe Hudson gets the nod behind the dish.
Arcia is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Athletics, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Arcia, who will sit after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and an RBI in Friday's win, is slashing .152/.152/.391 across 46 at-bats in September. Jose Briceno will start behind the plate and bat ninth for the Angels.