The Rangers are reportedly going to sign catcher JP Arencibia to a one year contract of $2 million.
Arencibia played with the Blue Jays for the last 4 seasons, and will be the back up to Geovanny Soto. Texas tried to sign Arencibia last week before the non-tender deadline, but could not work out a contract. The Rangers were interested in Kurt Suzuki, but he is apparently looking for a position as a full time catcher.
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The Texas Rangers announced today that the club signed three free agents, right-handed pitchers Jose Contreras and Nate Adcock and outfielder Bryan Petersen to 2014 minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to major league spring training.
Contreras, who turns 42 tomorrow, spent last season with the Pittsburgh and Red Sox organizations. His only major league action in 2013 came with the Pirates in May, when he permitted 5 runs over 5.0 innings in 7 relief outings. He was also 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA (11 ER/33.0 IP) over 27 relief appearances in the minors last season, pitching for Bradenton (High-A), Altoona (AA), Indianapolis (AAA), and Pawtucket (AAA). Contreras had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on June 20, 2012 and spent spring training rehabbing from the surgery.
The Cuba native has a 78-67 career record with a 4.57 ERA (595 ER/1173.0 IP) over 299 games/175 starts with New York-AL (2003-04), Chicago-AL (2004-09), Colorado (2009), Philadelphia (2010-12), and Pittsburgh (2013). He was a member of the White Sox’ 2005 World Championship club and was an All-Star with Chicago in 2006, when scheduled to start the game in Pittsburgh but was scratched after starting two days earlier. If he appears for the Rangers next season, Contreras would be second to only Nolan Ryan among oldest players in club history.
Adcock, 25, split last season in the Kansas City and Arizona organizations, going a combined 8-6 with a 6.67 ERA (84 ER/113.1 IP) in 26 games/19 starts for Omaha and Reno in the Pacific Coast League. His only major league action came with the Royals in 2011-12, when he was 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA (40 ER/95.0 IP) in 36 games/5 starts. Adcock was originally selected by Seattle in the 2006 June draft and signed by new Rangers amateur crosschecker Brian Williams.
Petersen, 27, batted .275 (139-506) with 33 doubles, 8 home runs, and 49 RBI in 136 games with New Orleans (AAA) in the Miami Marlins organization last season. He has spent had entire professional career in the Miami organization after the Marlins selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 June draft. Petersen made his major league debut in 2010 and appeared with the Marlins in each of the next three seasons, including a career-high 84 games in 2012. The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower has compiled a .220 (103-469) average with 22 doubles, 2 home runs, and 29 RBI over 181 games at the major league level.
With today’s transactions, the Rangers now have 7 non-roster invitees to major league spring training for 2014.
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.
The Rangers have traded OF Craig Gentry to the Oakland A’s for OF Michael Choice and 2B Chris Bostick. A source confirmed that Gentry was traded as part of package that included pitcher RHPJosh Lindbloom.
Choice was the A’s first round draft pick in 2010 (10th overall) attended Mansfield Timberview High School and the University of Texas at Arlington.
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With more catchers coming off the market, the Rangers are looking at Kurt Suzuki to partner with Geovany Soto behind the plate for them in 2014.
Suzuki was the Athletics starting catcher from 2008-12 before being traded to the Nationals. The Athletics then acquired him on Aug 23, this past season. Suzuki is considered an excellent defensive catcher who handles pitchers well. He also has occasional power at the plate. He became a free agent after the Athletics declined a club option and Texas could be his next stop.
The Rangers re-signed Soto to be their No. 1 catcher but are still in the market for a backup. Catchers appear to be going fast as A.J. Pierzynski is headed to the Red Sox and the Blue Jays have signed Dioner Navarro. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is looking at a multi-year deal, possibly with the Marlins.
There isn’t much left beyond Suzuki, who the Rangers know well from his time with the Athletics. John Buck is also a free agent.