Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia could be on way out

Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia has slumped in 2013, recording 147 strikeouts to lead the team. (Craig...

Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia has slumped in 2013, recording 147 strikeouts to lead the team. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency/Files)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

BALTIMORE - If J.P. Arencibia is back behind the plate as the Blue Jays starting catcher next season it will come as a surprise to both the fans and perhaps even Alex Anthopoulos.

The Blue Jays general manager didn't come out and say that Arencibia, the Jays beleaguered catcher, was toast prior to Wednesday's game against Baltimore but all indications were when his feet were pressed to the fire was that the club will be looking to make an upgrade in that department.

This season has been one of nothing but misery for Arencibia, who has been criticized for his poor defensive play all season, has developed bursitis in his right knee and who has a batting average that has been falling like a rock in an elevator shaft.

Arencibia didn't start in Wednesday night's 9-5 loss to the Orioles but in 136 games this season he is hitting all of .194 with 17 doubles, 21 home runs, 54 RBIs, just 18 walks and a team-high 147 strikeouts.


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