Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal recently reported that several clubs were interested in the Toronto Blue Jays' catcher J.P. Arencibia and Triple-A catcher Travis D'Arnaud. The Blue Jays do not want to trade their catchers for now and prefer keeping their roster as is.
This is a smart move because the Blue Jays are in the thick of the division race to start the season with a record of 16-13.
Being in early contention is something Toronto has not seen in a while usually due to the fact the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, or Boston Red Sox usually get a good jump on the season. This season the Red Sox and Yankees are in the last two spots in the A.L. East which is a good sign for the Jays.
Arencibia has been doing a great job catching this season and is player that the Blue Jays need to keep for now. Toronto has been impressed with the way he has been calling games and helping the pitching staff move up to 15th in ERA. Last season the pitching staff was ranked 24th and had an ERA over four.
His hitting has not been the greatest as he currently bats at a low .231, but his defensive prowess is what makes him a good catcher. He has a strong arm that can throw out baserunners and is great at blocking pitches in the dirt.
His awareness at the catcher position is uncanny and can't be shown in stats. Fans might look at the low average and think of him as a bad player, but in fact, he is a great defensive player.
As for their Triple-A prospect D'Arnaud, he is considered to be a better hitting catcher and will be Toronto's catcher of the future. Currently, he is batting .271 in the Pacific Coast League. The Blue Jays are high on him and they are counting on him to be part of the future.
They don't want to bring him up now due to the early success the team is having. That is a smart move considering that Arencibia is a big part of the early success. While bring up D'Arnaud may help the offense it hurt how the game is called. Having an inexperienced catcher is not a good thing to have with a team that is in playoff contention.
The Blue Jays need both of these players right now and they can't afford to lose any of them to a trade. The value they will get out of them will not help the team this year or for the future. Catchers are hard to come by and if the Blue Jays have two good catchers, then they should make sure they hold on to them both.
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