J.P. Arencibia, former Texas Rangers catcher, announced his retirement today on Twitter.
Did you remember Arencibia was a Ranger? The 31 year old first round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2007 (he was picked three selections before the Rangers snagged Michael Main that year) was the subject of trade talks between the Rangers and Jays after the 2013 season, then was non-tendered, and then the Rangers signed him to a 1 year deal for $1.8 million.
Arencibia didn’t hit, however, and didn’t impress with his glovework behind the plate. He got sent down at one point in 2014, and spent as much time at first base for the Rangers as he did at catcher. If you don’t remember that, it is understandable...we all want to forget 2014.
After putting up a .177/.239/.369 slash line with the Rangers in 2014, Arencibia spent the 2015 season with the Rays’ AAA team, getting a call-up back to the majors in late August. 2016 saw him spend the year between the Phillies’ AAA team and the Rays’ AAA team.
The main thing I remember about Arencibia is that he has a wife named Kim Perry, who is in what is apparently a fairly well known country band called “The Band Perry.”