Mets have talked to Toronto about C J.P. Arencibia

J.P. Arencibia polaroidThe Blue Jays currently have three catchers on their 40-man roster: Travis D’Arnoud, John Buck, and J.P. Arencibia.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Blue Jays are most likely to trade Arencibia, and the Mets and Jays have discussed a deal for Arencibia around Jon Niese.

However, Rosenthal adds, “The Jays might need to offer more than Arencibia to acquire such a pitcher, but aren’t necessarily eager to make that type of move.”

Rosenthal says the Jays could alternatively look to sign a lower-end free agent starting pitcher or sign multiple players to Minor League contracts to add the depth they seek.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Nov. 26: The Mets and Jays talked a lot last season, so much so that people close to the team often mentioned Jon Niese and d’Arnaud. No deal ever materalized, but, with Sherman’s report, plus Ricciardi’s knowledge of their farm system, it stands to reason these teams would again be talking.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’d be hard pressed to part ways with Niese for Arencibia. It’s not to say I don’t like Arencibia – I do and I think he could go a long way towards solidifying the catcher position. I would think the Mets could build a package around someone like Dillon Gee to get Arencibia or, as Rosenthal suggests, Toronto would have to sweeten their side of the deal for Niese.

Arencibia isn’t eligible for arbitration until next winter, meaning he is under control for at least four seasons. I doworry about Arencibia’s ability to hit outside of the American League East and in a more pitcher-friendly division like the National League East. But given the low-cost commitment it’s a small gamble to take, assuming the price is right in trade.

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Stats: Arencibia, who will be 27 on Opening Day, hit .233 with a .275 OBP and .435 SLG, 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 347 at-bats over 102 games in 2012. He broke his hand in late July and missed about six weeks.

Contract: Arencibia earned $489,000 in 2012 and is not eligible for arbitration until 2014. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season.