J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 3 months ago

Arencibia was signed by the Rays to a minor league deal Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

He will report to Triple-A Durham and it would be surprising if a team as smart as the Rays opted to ever use him in the big leagues at catcher on a semi-regular basis, given his track record of being sub-replacement level.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 4 months ago

Arencibia (arm) was released by the Orioles on Thursday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Even with Matt Wieters (elbow) unavailable to start the season, Arencibia was only fourth on the organizational catching depth chart. The free-swinging veteran will likely have to settle for a Triple-A role wherever he lands, following terrible seasons in 2013 and 2014.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 4 months ago

Arencibia was reassigned to minor league camp Monday.

He had a cortisone injection due to a strained flexor mass Monday, so all in all, Arencibia has definitely had better days. While Matt Wieters (elbow) has had a setback in his recovery, the Orioles obviously prefer Caleb Joseph and Steve Clevenger to Arencibia at this point.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 4 months ago

Arencibia had a cortisone injection Monday due to a strained flexor mass, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

The Orioles will shut Arencibia down for a few days, which could put his chance of sticking on the Opening Day roster in doubt.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 4 months ago

Arencibia (arm) is expected to return Sunday for Baltimore's split-squad game, MASN Sports reports.

Arencibia was scratched Thursday and was not at his locker Friday. His chances of making the Orioles look slim after a subpar spring. Arencibia is 2-for-17 with seven strikeouts in nine games and he recently made an error in the field. Ryan Lavarnway and Steve Clevenger have better chances of serving as the backup catcher until Matt Wieters is healthy.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 4 months ago

Arencibia was scratched from Thursday's game due to a right flexor mass, Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com reports.

Arencibia was slated to catch a minor league game Thursday, but he'll be held out and evaluated by the team's medical staff. At this point, it's unknown if he'll miss additional time. The veteran is in competition to serve as Baltimore's backup catcher in 2015.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 4 months ago

Arencibia remains an option to serve as the backup catcher for the Orioles at the beginning of the season, MLB.com reports.

Arencibia is not on the 40-man roster and is just 2-for-17 with two singles and seven strikeouts this spring. Ryan Lavarnway and Steve Clevenger are also in the mix and Arencibia looks like a long shot at this point.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 7 months ago

Arencibia is finalizing a deal to sign with the Orioles on a minor league contract, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Arencibia split his 2014 season between Triple-A and the majors, and while he is signing a minor league deal, he'll get an invite to spring training so he could work his way onto the big league roster. The 29-year-old hit 10 homers in 63 big league games in 2014, but slashed just .177/.239/.369, so if he does crack the roster it will likely be just in a reserve role.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 10 months ago

Arencibia has elected free agency, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.

Arencibia enjoyed some success immediately upon his return to the big club in July, compiling a .255/.300/.617 batting line with five homers and 16 RBI that month, but things predictably went south shortly thereafter. All told, Arencibia hit .177/.239/.369 in 63 games with the major league team, resulting in his outright assignment to Triple-A at the end of the year. He'll explore his opportunities elsewhere, but Arencibia seems destined to open 2015 as organizational filler.

J. P. Arencibia C/1B/DH TB 10 months ago

Arencibia was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Arencibia had a hot stretch at the plate last season, but over the course of his career he actually has a negative WAR (Fangraphs version), so it's no surprise to see the Rangers remove him from the 40-man roster as there will be an influx of healthy, young players to the roster this spring.