Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia just enjoyed the worst season of his career.
When I say enjoyed, I say it with the upmost amount of sincerity. It didn’t seem as if the Miami, FL native cared whether he got better or not at all. His attitude at the plate as well as behind it was absolutely atrocious, and the Blue Jays can forget about winning if they do decide to keep him as their backstop for the 2014 season.
A team’s catcher needs to be a leader. He needs to be vocal and lead by example as well. The only thing that Arencibia is vocal about is his impression of ESPN Baseball Analyst Tim Kurkjian. Arencibia is always the most popular guy to be around during Spring Training as he is pretty funny to interview and there is often a lot of hype around the catcher who can hit at least 20 home runs every season.
Like most of his career, Arencibia enjoyed a solid the first couple of months of the 2013 season, but he cooled off quickly and went ice cold down the stretch. He finished with a .194 average, 55 RBIs and 21 home runs, and he struck out a total of 148 times. This spells trouble for Arencibia as he may very well find himself fighting for his job in the very near future.
According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the Blue Jays will be going into the offseason in search of a catcher, second basemen and someone that can fill out the middle of their pitching rotation. At this rate, Arencibia wouldn’t even fit the mold of a backup catcher. Alex Anthopoulos needs to work his offseason magic once again and get rid of the 2013 league leader in passed balls.
Either that, or he can treat him like Ricky Romero and send him down to the minors where he can actually try to figure out what his problem is. After all, the baseball gods know all too well that he has a lot of them.