The Arizona Diamondbacks have added some depth to their outfield, signing powerful outfielder Oswaldo Arcia to a minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
At 25 years old, Arcia has struggled to stay in the bigs since his debut in 2013. While his power has been impressive, his fielding adventures, poor base running and incredible strikeout numbers have become major issues for him to stick around.
Last year Arcia bounced around the league playing for Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Miami and San Diego appearing in 69 total games. Arcia hit eight home runs, and drove in 23 runs but struck out a whopping 80 times in just 202 at-bats. He also slashed a miserable .203/.270/.366, registering only 41 hits throughout the season.
There have been flashes of potential throughout his career, but he just hasn't been able to bring it all together. In 2013, Arcia hit 14 home runs with 43 runs batted in, while slashing a respectable .251/.304/.430, although he did strike out 117 times in 351 at-bats. The following year Arcia powered out 20 home runs with 57 runs batted in, slashing a slightly less respectable .231/.300/.452 but again striking out 127 times in 372 at-bats.
If Arcia can limit his strikeouts, he could be a very productive outfielder for the Diamondbacks who have remained busy this offseason. After the blockbuster deal in November that sent Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis to Seattle for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte, the Diamondbacks have also made solid additions in Fernando Rodney and Jeff Mathis.
Arcia enters an outfield with realistically only one spot available, that being left field. A.J. Pollock has center field locked up and David Peralta is the man in right, leaving Arcia in a competition to try and get time in left. Yasmany Tomas is the front runner for the position, but Arcia's left handed bat works to his advantage. Save for Peralta, the only other left handed outfielder are youngster Socrates Brito and depth man Jeremy Hazelbaker.
Arcia has the most power of those three, but is a large liability with his glove and other aspects of the game. Realistically, Arcia will likely end up in the minors to start the season, but could be in line for a promotion if injuries strike or if he hits well enough with the club's Triple-A affiliate at Reno.null