Orioles sign catcher J.P. Arencibia to minor league deal

The Baltimore Orioles added some depth at catcher on Thursday signing J.P. Arencibia to a minor league deal.

Arencibia, 29, would serve as a backup to Matt Wieters if he makes the Orioles roster. There is just as good of a chance that he gets released during spring training.

Two years ago Arencibia hit 21 home runs as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, four years ago he hit 23. Last season Arencibia hit just .177/.239/.369 in 222 plate appearances last season for the Texas Rangers producing 10 home runs.

Aside from an occasional outburst of power the veteran Arencibia does not have much to offer to a big league club. Perhaps the Orioles are just trying to land wife Kimberly Perry and The Band Perry to one of their Summerfest nights.

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