Blue Jays need an upgrade at catcher

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia tags out Twins baserunner Pedro Florimon. It has become clear to...

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia tags out Twins baserunner Pedro Florimon. It has become clear to the Beezer that Arencibia is not the guy the Blue Jays need behind the plate going forward. (Reuters)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 PM ET

TORONTO - As the 2013 Blue Jays season nears its conclusion, the focus is on what Alex Anthopoulos needs to do to improve his team.

The Jays still need a quality starter, though a veteran second baseman may no longer be a priority, given the emergence of Ryan Goins.

But it has become clear that for the Jays to contend, they’ll need to upgrade the catching position.

J.P. Arencibia has 20 home runs and has thrown out a couple of runners in dramatic fashion lately, but clearly he’s not the answer.

His batting average is inching toward the Mendoza line (.204), with an OBP of .239, and he leads all catchers in strikeouts with 134. His fielding also leaves something to be desired.

With A.J. Jimenez probably still a year or two away, catching is a big question mark for the Jays next year.


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