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Washington Not Endorsing Arencibia

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    Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said something pretty funny on Monday — something he tends to do from time to time.

    When talking about his catchers minus starter Geovany Soto, who is out for three months, Washington called J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos "a formidable tandem."

    You can stop laughing now.

    Not that Soto is any type of world beater, but he has some skins, including a 2008 NL Rookie of the Year award. Last season when he got big hits, they seemed to always be in big spots. You could certainly do worse than Soto behind the plate, and now the Rangers are going to do just that.

    Washington failed to give Arencibia an endorsement of the starting job, which is why he was brought in in the first place, in case of a Soto injury.

    “I haven’t decided yet,” Washington told reporters when asked if Arencibia was his starter. “Right now I’ve got him and Chirinos.

    “I haven’t seen a whole lot of Arencibia at his best,” Washington said.

    Chirinos has outperformed Arencibia this spring, which as we know, doesn't mean much. But when you're talking about two mediocre players, it does mean something. Not sure who will start Opening Day next week behind the plate, catching God knows who, but that's not how it was supposed to be.