According to Kenny Ken Ken of Fox Sports, multiple teams have expressed interest in Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, in his words “prompting the Jays to explore the free-agent catching market for a possible replacement”. While I have no doubts that the Blue Jays are exploring the catching market, I have my doubts that it was spurred on by the apparent interest in Arencibia.
Rosenthal continues on to inform us that in classic Alex Anthopoulos fashion, the Blue Jays have been in contact with all free-agent catchers, but have yet to make an offer. The Blue Jays would like to receive an asset for Arencibia, and use some of the dollars saved to sign someone else as an upgrade.
Arencibia, just 27 years of age, struggled mightily in 2012, batting a paltry .194 with a lowly .592 OPS despite hitting 21 HRs. His salary from arbitration is expected to come in at $2.8 million according to Matt Swartz of MLBTradeRumors.com, which is slightly rich for the production that the Blue Jays have received.
The Jays may also consider an upgrade at catcher through a trade, as the Angels have been rumored to be shopping Chris Ianetta in their hunt for a rotation upgrade. With a number of 5th starter types currently on the roster, it may be a good fit for the Blue Jays.