In his latest for Fox Sports, Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal provides this tidbit about the Jays catching situation…
The Diamondbacks, among other clubs, would love to get their hands on one of the Blue Jays’ catchers. But don’t count on Toronto moving either J.P. Arencibia or Triple-A catcher Travis d’Arnaud before the season is over.
OK, so maybe “FU” is a bit of an exaggeration, though the heading of the section is “Jays Catchers: Hands Off!”
He explains that, despite weak offensive numbers so far– though, at least anecdotally, he appears to be coming around– the Jays are “thrilled” with Arencibia’s game-calling and the improvements he’s made defensively, especially since the live arms on the Jays staff aren’t particularly easy to catch.
And when it comes to d’Arnaud, “the Jays don’t want to trade him because his upside is greater than Arencibia’s. And they don’t want to promote him while they are trying to contend, believing he is not ready for the majors just yet.”
MLB Trade Rumors points out that this report echoes something Rosenthal wrote back in March, which also had the Diamondbacks sniffing around Arencibia– especially since their catcher, Miguel Montero, is slated to become a free agent at the end of the year. At the time Rosenthal suggested that maybe Arizona’s Gerardo Parra was a fit, given the Jays’ uncertainty in left field, but I’m thinking Anthopoulos is going to hold out for more when the time finally comes.
It’s suggested in the March piece that Arencibia– who has endeared himself to the club, as I think we’ve all seen– might end up a Mike Napoli type, catching the odd game, and playing some DH and first base as well. While I’ve scoffed at that possibility before– he’s got a long way to go to just be average with the bat at those other positions– I’m not entirely sure they wouldn’t be able to find a way to fit him in there from time to time to better effect than what they’ve been getting for two-plus years from Adam Lind. (Say… go even farther than the current in vogue rumblings and bring up both d’Arnaud and Snider, ditch Lind and Francisco, and rotate Snider, Thames, d’Arnaud and JP around left, catcher and DH as matchups dictate. Huh? Huh? Huh?)
Of course, to be fair, as I mentioned on this week’s podcast, Lind did have a .300/.349/.515/.865 line at the All-Star break last year, before absolutely falling off a cliff. So… even though that’s driven largely by a particularly hot run, you really would take in a heartbeat another half like that. It’s just, that’s an oasis of decentness in a fucking Sahara of sucking a goddamn bag.
… what was I talking about?
Oh yeah. Apparently Arencibia isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Makes sense.