Blue Jays explain decision to cut Arencibia

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm •  Published: December 3, 2013

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos wasn't determined to part ways with catcher J.P. Arencibia after the former first round pick suffered through a career-worst season in 2013.

But after reaching an agreement Monday on a two-year, $8 million deal with former All-Star Dioner Navarro, Toronto decided not to offer Arencibia a contract for 2014, making him a free agent.

"It was about the alternatives and what was out there, and if we felt there was a chance improve the club, we were going to do it," Anthopoulos said in a conference call Tuesday. "We didn't go into the offseason with the decision of we were certainly going to make a change."

Arencibia hit 21 home runs in 2013, the second-highest total among big league catchers, but posted career-low numbers in batting average (.194), on-base percentage (.227) and slugging percentage (.365). His team-high 148 strikeouts were also the most of his career.


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