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MODEST PROPOSAL
March 26, 2012
The Blue Jays are edging closer to being a threat in the AL East, as their young talent blossoms at the major league level. So it's strange to suggest that they should trade some of that youth to take the next step. Catcher J.P. Arencibia, 26, had superficially good numbers as a rookie last season, with 23 homers and 78 RBIs. However, he hit .219 and walked just 36 times in 443 plate appearances, leaving him with a terrible .282 OBP. It was no fluke—Arencibia walked just 96 times in 1,745 minor league PAs and will struggle to get on base in the majors. Toronto has a second catching prospect, Travis d'Arnaud , who is younger (23), a better hitter (.914 OPS at Double A last year) and a comparable receiver. D'Arnaud could be ready as soon as the late summer, so why not take advantage of Arencibia's perceived value to bolster a position where the Jays may need help in future years, such as second base or centerfield? Trading Arencibia would be an aggressive, unorthodox move—exactly the kind that Alex Anthopoulous has become known for as a general manager.
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March 26, 2012

Modest Proposal

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The Blue Jays are edging closer to being a threat in the AL East, as their young talent blossoms at the major league level. So it's strange to suggest that they should trade some of that youth to take the next step. Catcher J.P. Arencibia, 26, had superficially good numbers as a rookie last season, with 23 homers and 78 RBIs. However, he hit .219 and walked just 36 times in 443 plate appearances, leaving him with a terrible .282 OBP. It was no fluke—Arencibia walked just 96 times in 1,745 minor league PAs and will struggle to get on base in the majors. Toronto has a second catching prospect, Travis d'Arnaud , who is younger (23), a better hitter (.914 OPS at Double A last year) and a comparable receiver. D'Arnaud could be ready as soon as the late summer, so why not take advantage of Arencibia's perceived value to bolster a position where the Jays may need help in future years, such as second base or centerfield? Trading Arencibia would be an aggressive, unorthodox move—exactly the kind that Alex Anthopoulous has become known for as a general manager.

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