Rangers' Arencibia ready to turn up heat
Catcher J.P. Arencibia has passed his physical and is now an official member of the Texas Rangers, the team announced Tuesday.
Arencibia, who will turn 28 next month, has a one-year contract for a reported $1.8 million, with $300,000 in reachable incentives.
"For me, winning was a big draw," Arencibia said. "I know from playing against the Rangers and seeing the way they go about their business on the field, they have a winning team and have for quite some time."
"Last year, for whatever it may be, the second half I played banged up," Arencibia said. "I didn't put much stake into [the numbers]. As you mature as a player, the more experience you get.
"For me, the power is the thing that's always been there. I know throughout my career that I can hit for average, and in the big leagues I haven't yet. But I definitely know that's a part of my game that's in there. You get more and more mature."
Arencibia has 62 homers the past three seasons, the fourth-highest total among big league catchers in that span.
Arencibia, drafted 21st overall in 2007, has a .212 career batting average in 380 games. He's played in just 11 games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and has a .256 average (11-for-43) with seven homers, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored.
"Whatever it is, I'd like to bottle it up," Arencibia said. "I've enjoyed the park. One thing I enjoy is the heat. I really do like playing in the hot weather. That's what I grew up doing in Miami. I enjoy that part of it and the atmosphere. The stadium always has a large amount of fans, and that makes playing more enjoyable."
The Rangers now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.
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