Rays sign catcher J.P. Arencibia


Released by the Orioles last week, catcher J.P. Arencibia has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rays.

Arencibia has 25-homer power, which is rare among catchers, but he’s not really good enough at anything else to carry much all-around value. His defense is shaky, he’s a career .207 hitter, and his ghastly 462/84 K/BB ratio has led to a .255 on-base percentage.

He’ll head to Triple-A Durham and try to convince the Rays he’s worth a call-up at age 29.