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Rangers could be interested in J.P. Arencibia, Travis d'Arnaud

A glut of catchers in Toronto may be of benefit to the Texas Rangers.


The Texas Rangers may be seeing new faces at the catcher position for the 2013 season. With the Toronto Blue Jays claiming catcher Bobby Wilson off waivers, the Rangers may go after either J.P. Arencibia or Travis d'Arnaud, according to a report on

Arencibia, a 6'0" catcher who played college ball at Tennessee, has hit .222 with 138 RBI in 242 career games with Toronto. He played 102 games in 2012, missing six weeks in the second half of the season with a broken right hand.

The Blue Jays may be willing to give up top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud in exchange for starting pitching or outfielders. d'Arnaud spent 2012 playing 67 games for the triple-A Las Vegas 51s, where he hit .333 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI.

Mike Napoli and Geovany Soto split catching duties for the Rangers in 2012, but Napoli is now a free agent. Soto has one year left on his contract.

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