Now that the Toronto Blue Jays have apparently found a solution to their catching woes by reportedly signing former Chicago Cubs backstop Dioner Navarro, there is reason to believe that J.P. Arencibia will be sent elsewhere by the end of the day.
Midnight E.T. is the deadline for teams to tender contracts for arbitration-eligible players. Arencibia is one of those for the Blue Jays, so it wouldn’t make sense for them to hold on to what has become a sour relationship between the two.
Arencibia could very well be part of deal put together by GM Alex Anthopoulos as the catcher still appears to be attractive to some clubs because of his home run power. There aren’t many catchers in the MLB that can consistently hit around 20 home runs, so he may complement a certain lineup somewhere in the league.
In Navarro, the Blue Jays get an upgrade at the catching position across the board. He won’t have to worry about catching R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball as Josh Thole will most likely have that as his specific job for the team every time Dickey takes the mound. This is another reason why there really just isn’t enough room for Arencibia in the Blue Jays clubhouse.
What started off as an exciting relationship between Arencibia and Blue Jays fans all over Toronto has quickly turned into something that just needs to be put to rest. Now that Navarro will be behind the plate for the Blue Jays on a consistent basis, Arencibia will be sent packing as quickly as possible and perhaps as early as tonight.