Earlier in the day Nashville residennt and Jays catcher JP Arencibia joined Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet saying that, regarding his role for the Jays next season, Alex Anthopoulos told him “the same thing he told the media when he addressed the media preceding [sic] the trade, you know, ‘You’re our starting catcher, you’re our guy– that’s the everyday guy– and John Buck knows that he’s the backup, and he’s accepting of that role, and that’s the way it’s going to be.’ ”
“I know where I’m going to be, so I’m OK,” he confidently adds.
Well, that is pretty much what Anthopoulos told the media on the day that John Gibbons was announced as manager, minus the rather important caveat “right now.”
Later in the day the waters managed to get muddied even further, despite what was purported to be clarification:
JP Arencibia tells Blair, Campbell and I that he’ll be day one starter. Sure of it. Has been “talked to”. Not worried about being traded.
— Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) December 4, 2012
OK then, right? Well, except that’s not quite how it came out in Jeff Blair’s piece in the Globe and Mail, where Arencibia is quoted thusly:
At the end of the day, I know I’ll have a career in baseball,” he said. “Now, that being said, I know that I’m going to be with the Blue Jays. I’ve been born and raised with the Blue Jays, and that’s where my loyalty is and where my heart is. I won’t buy into [trade rumours] until the day I’m asked to take off the uniform. Then, we can talk about it.
Oh. Well, then that doesn’t exactly sound like Arencibia is fully confident at all. Or… was there an off-the-record comment Hayhurst is referring to and an on-the-record comment quoted by Blair? Who knows.
UPDATE: I know! Because, like an idiot who has written far too many posts in the last 24 hours, I managed to skip right past the more Hayhurst-looking quote in Blair’s piece:
“I know I’m going to be with the Blue Jays all year.” He wouldn’t elaborate. But when asked if the chances were better of him having a multiyear contract by 2013 opening day than being traded, Arencibia said: “That’s a tough question. I’ll just say I’m not going to be traded, and leave it at that.”
So… OK, that is indeed some on-record confidence. Still, what I do know (for reals this time) is that the whole notion that in late November the Jays would have guaranteed a starting job to a pre-arb player who has yet to have his on-base crack .285 with two other viable-ish options for his position is kinda ridiculous. Which doesn’t mean they didn’t do it– and I don’t blame Arencibia for his confidence, his attempts to defuse the rumours, nor am I at all adamant that he ought to be moved– but… it sure doesn’t mean I’m no longer interested in any rumour where his name comes up.
So… there’s that.