Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/21/13
Yes the Blue Jays need starting pitching. Yet that’s not the only area they are searching to improve on for next season. The Jays also are attempting to acquire a catcher from the Los Angeles Angels. Toronto has targeted either Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger according to those familiar with the Jays’ plans. Iannetta 30 started 102 games for the Angels this season. The eight-year veteran hit .225 with 11 homers 39 RBIs and had a .731 OPS. He threw out 20 of 84 attempted base-stealers (19%) was charged with five errors and six passed balls. Conger who turns 26 in January hit .249 with seven homers 21 RBIs and a .713 OPS. He threw out 15 of 47 base-runners (24%) made seven errors and had one passed ball in 60 starts. The Jays’ former No. 1 pick J.P. Arencibia who turns 28 in January hit .194 with 21 homers 55 RBIs and a .592 OPS in 138 games. He also walked 18 times and 148 times for a .227 on-base mark. Arencibia was the best of the three throwing out runners (21-for-62 25%) but had 11 errors and 13 passed balls. Arencibia is eligible for salary arbitration next year after earning $505600 in 2013. Iannetta will earn $4.975 million next year the second year of a $15.55 million three-year deal while Conger is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2015 season.
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