J. P. Arencibia C TEX 4 Months

J.P. Arencibia will get the bulk of playing time at catcher for the Rangers in the early going.

Geovany Soto is expected to miss around three months following knee surgery. Arencibia is not a good defensive catcher, but he swings a powerful bat and will be playing half of his games in a hitter-friendly park, so he could be a sneaky-good fantasy option.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 4 Months

J.P. Arencibia belted a grand slam on Sunday, powering the Rangers to a 14-8 victory over the White Sox.

His sixth inning blast off Zach Putnam was the first ball Arencibia has knocked over the boards this spring. He's still hitting a paltry .156/.182/.344 through 32 at-bats to this point, and is being thoroughly out-played by Robinson Chirinos.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 7 Months

Rangers signed C J.P. Arencibia to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the contract details. The deal reportedly carries $300,000 in possible incentives. Arencibia was non-tendered by the Blue Jays last week after he batted just .194/.227/.365 this year, but the Rangers intend to have him back up Geovany Soto in 2014. He's unlikely to be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 8 Months

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have reached an agreement with J.P. Arencibia.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late Thursday that a deal was close, and now it appears a passed physical is all that it needs to be complete. The Blue Jays non-tendered the free-swinging Arencibia earlier this week, but he lands in a nice situation in Texas. He'll share time with Geovany Soto.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 8 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and J.P. Arencibia are "progressing towards a deal."

The particulars of the deal aren't yet known. The Rangers attempted to acquire Arencibia from the Blue Jays before the Jays non-tendered him earlier this week, so it's no surprise they didn't take much time to lock him up once he became a free agent. Arencibia is a one-trick pony who offers some power and little else, but he's not a bad guy to pair with Geovany Soto.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 8 Months

The Rangers attempted to acquire J.P. Arencibia from the Blue Jays before the Jays non-tendered him, a source tells MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

It stands to reason, then, that the Rangers will make a play for the 27-year-old now that he's a free agent. The catcher doesn't bring much defensively and owns a career .212 batting average, but he hit 21 home runs this past season and would be a nice power option off the bench for the Rangers. The team is also considering Kurt Suzuki as a potential backup to starting catcher Geovany Soto.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 8 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Rangers could consider signing J.P. Arencibia.

Arencibia was non-tendered on Monday after the Blue Jays were unable to find a taker via trade. While his projected salary in arbitration was too rich for his underwhelming production, someone will be willing to take a chance on his power bat. The Rangers are said to be considering signing Kurt Suzuki to use in a tandem with Geovany Soto.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 8 Months

Blue Jays non-tendered C J.P. Arencibia.

The Jays tried to trade Arencibia after agreeing to terms with Dioner Navarro but were unable to find a partner. Arencibia put up a woeful .194/.227/.365 batting line in 2013 but has averaged over 20 homers the last three seasons. Someone will take a gamble on him due to his above-average pop for a catcher.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 8 Months

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are still engaged in trade talks with at least one team regarding J.P. Arencibia.

The Blue Jays inked Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million contract on Monday, which effectively ended Arencibia's tenure with Toronto. Teams face an 11:59 p.m. deadline on Monday to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, so the only question is whether the Blue Jays will find a taker in time. If not, he'll become a free agent.

J. P. Arencibia C TEX 8 Months

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays are working on possible J.P. Arencibia trades.

Toronto signed free agent catcher Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million contract on Monday and will use him as the everyday catcher going forward. Arencibia is a poor defender and owns a horrendous .258 career on-base percentage, but he possesses a decent power bat and is only 27 years old. The Blue Jays should be able to find a taker eventually.