Jays part ways with J.P. Arencibia, sign C Dioner Navarro
Toronto makes offers to Rasmus, Cecil & Rogers
Catcher J.P. Arencibia was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night, making him a free agent.
The move comes hours after Toronto signed free agent catcher Dioner Navarro to a two-year deal worth US$8 million.
The Blue Jays also tendered contracts to centre-fielder Colby Rasmus, left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil and right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers.
All three are arbitration eligible players.
Arencibia’s future in Toronto had been a hot topic during the last season after he posted a .194 batting average and .227 on-base percentage in 2013. In three-plus seasons with the Blue Jays, the 27-year-old sports a .212 average.
Navarro, 29, hit .300 last season with a career-high 13 home runs in 89 games for the Chicago Cubs.
The 10-year veteran from Venezuela has also played for the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.
Navarro has a career .251 batting average with 54 home runs and 243 runs batted in.
Rasmus hit .276 with 22 homers and 66 RBIs. He was also named the Blue Jays' Wilson Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
Cecil had a 5-1 record in 60 appearances as a relief pitcher. He had a 2.82 earned-run average with 70 strikeouts and one save.
Rogers began the season in Toronto's bullpen, but then started 20 games as the Blue Jays' rotation was riddled with injuries. He earned a 5-9 record over 44 games, striking out 96 with a 4.77 ERA.
The Blue Jays probably will retain backup catcher Josh Thole, who has experience catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
With files from CBCSports.ca