MLB Trade Rumors: Is J.P. Arencibia the Next to Go?

Jon ReidCorrespondent IINovember 15, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 2:  J.P. Arencibia #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays signals during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins on October 2, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays rocked the baseball world this week when they pulled off a blockbuster 12-player megatrade with the Miami Marlins, who seem to have hit that time of the decade where they hold their massive fire sale.

Alex Anthopoulos bringing in starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle—as well as stud shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck and speedster Emilio Bonifacio—has been the talk of the town.

But is Anthopoulos done? Could he potentially pull off another noteworthy move?

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet certainly thinks so.

After the Jays went out and picked up Bobby Wilson off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels, Davidi suggested it was a useless move unless catcher J.P. Arencibia was in play on the trade market.

Now the question becomes: Should Anthopoulos pull the trigger on that move as well?

After all, the Jays have super-prospect Travis D'Arnaud ready to make the jump to the big leagues (the kid has nothing left to prove in the minors) and veteran catcher, as well as former Blue Jay, John Buck as a backup option should D'Arnaud re-aggravate his injury or struggle early on.

Make no mistake, Arencibia would be a hot commodity on the trade market, especially with a team like the Texas Rangers looking for a catcher to replace Mike Napoli, who is likely to sign elsewhere.

Arencibia was one of the top catching prospects before he reached the majors and hasn't disappointed since then.

He's an adequate defensive catcher and is one of the rare backstops that can knock 20-plus home runs each season.

That kind of player is sure to bring in a decent return, whether it be some sort of major-league roster player or a few decent prospects to replace some of those he sent to the Miami organization.

My instinct, however, tells me that if Anthopoulos does, in fact, move Arencibia, it wouldn't happen until some point in April or May.

With D'Arnaud never having played in the majors and coming off an injury, it would be wise of the Jays to hold onto Arencibia through at least spring training to see if D'Arnaud is, indeed, ready to compete and take over the starting job.

Anthopoulos' track record of patience and making rational decisions lead me to believe that is what will happen if a deal is struck, but if a deal blows him away at some point this winter, Arencibia may be packing his bags before spring training kicks off.