Phillies sign J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract

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The Phillies announced today that they have signed catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Arencibia, best known for his time with the Blue Jays, failed to make the Orioles out of spring training last year and latched on with the Rays in April. He spent most of the season at the Triple-A level, but was called up in late August and finished strong by batting .310 with six home runs and a .921 OPS over 24 games. Of course, he also had a 22/1 K/BB ratio, so we shouldn’t make too much out of the small sample size. While Arencibia has pop, he has hit just .212 with a .258 on-base percentage for his career. The Rays apparently weren’t believers in the late-season surge, as they designated him for assignment last month.

The Phillies already have Carlos Ruiz and Cameron Rupp in-house, but Arencibia will try to battle for a backup job during spring training.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.