Awww, were you actually worried that the Jays didn’t see the complete and utter uselessness of J.P. Arencibia staring them in the face and swinging through pitch after bloody blockable-by-anyone-but-him pitch all summer?
Yeah… they noticed.
Sources: #BlueJays in agreement with free-agent catcher on Dioner Navarro on two-year deal, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2013
“Dioner is served!” to quote Twitter’s @TheMattRoss.
Jon Heyman tweets the details, telling us that the commitment from the Jays just $8-million over two years– and if you think about it, with Arencibia projected at $2.8-million this year, and another year of full-time duty likely to push him to the $5-million range during his next trip through arbitration, the money is a wash.
So… that’ll do! And holy shit, the day is just getting started. After all, with
5 PM midnight ET being the deadline for clubs to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible and pre-arb players, among whom Arencibia is counted, it would seem a certainty that another shoe is yet to drop here. There would be no point in the club paying ol’ J.P.A. what he will likely earn next year, so he’s almost certain to be dealt somewhere before the deadline, unless the Jays find absolutely no takers, in which case he’ll likely be non-tendered and join the grim list of remaining free agent catchers.
Oh, and there are sure to be other delights, as our pal Drew Fairservice notes:
Excited for J.P. Arencibia to absolutely lambaste the organization on his way out of town. Scorched earth plz
— Drew Fairservice (@DrewGROF) December 2, 2013
Ahhh, good times. But OK, let’s move on, you say? We got our fill of J.P. bashing all effing summer, you say? Just what are the Jays getting in Navarro, you ask? Well…