Orioles agree to sign Arencibia on Minor League deal
BALTIMORE— Seeking to add another catcher before Spring Training, the Orioles have agreed to a Minor League deal with J.P. Arencibi, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. The contract isn’t finalized just yet, but is expected to include an invite to Major League Spring Training.
The addition of Arencibia — first reported by the Baltimore Sun— reunites him with new O’s hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, who was previously with the Texas Rangers. Arencibia, who turned 29 earlier this week, spent last season in the Rangers’ Minor League system, hitting .177/.239/.369 in 63 games.
A former first-round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays, Arencibia is a power threat but he has struggled to keep his strikeouts in check and remain consistent in the Majors. In 2013, he hit 21 homers for Toronto, batting .194 with 148 strikeouts in 138 games played.
The addition of Arencibia, who can also play first base, is interesting given that Baltimore already has five catchers on its 40-man roster. It’s possible the Orioles remove one of them to clear a spot for another player down the road given that the team now has catching depth, even with the uncertainty around starter Matt Wieters’ ability to start the season.