Rangers tried to trade for Arencibia before non-tender
The Rangers had serious trade discussions with the Blue Jays about catcher J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered on Monday, according to industry sources.
A trade was close to being completed but the Rangers were reluctant to add another arbitration-eligible player. The Rangers were willing to do a trade if Arencibia was willing to agree to a contract that would have avoided arbitration. But it never got worked out and now Arencibia, who hit .194 last year, is another free agent under consideration.
Arencibia and Kurt Suzuki are two possibilities as the Rangers look for a backup catcher behind Geovany Soto. Both have been regular catchers in the past. Arencibia hit 62 home runs and drove in 159 runs combined over the past three seasons.
Arencibia was looking at approximately a $2.7 million through arbitration. The Rangers signed Soto earlier this off-season for $3.05 million in 2014.