The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to trade catcher J.P. Arencibia before tonight's non-tender deadline, according to Sportsnet.ca's Shi Davidi. If the team fails to deal the 27-year-old former first round pick within the next few hours, he will likely be non-tendered.
With the club's signing of veteran backstop Dioner Navarro earlier today (and the presence of Josh Thole), Arencibia became expendable. Thus far, he has drawn "minimal" trade interest as stated by Davidi, with Fox Sports' Jon Morosi adding that at least one organization has expressed interest in acquiring Arencibia.
Blue Jays still engaged in trade talks for J.P. Arencibia with at least one team, source says. Less than 8 hours until tender deadline.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 2, 2013
Despite his 21 home runs, Arencibia's offensive production in 2013 was astoundingly horrid, as he hit just .194/.227/.365, good for a 59 OPS+ and a -0.2 offensive WAR. His .227 OBP made him the only player to garner at least 400 plate appearances in 2013 while posting a sub-.240 OBP. Since becoming Toronto's starting catcher in 2011, Arencibia has hit .214/.260/.410 with 62 home runs and a 3.1 WAR. He is generally regarded as an above-average defensive catcher.