UPDATE: Rays sign catcher J.P. Arencibia to minor-league deal
UPDATED, 6:02: Cash said Arencibia made good impressions at the Triple-A and big-league level last year, and that he was signed to provide "added depth" but it doesn't sound like there are plans to call him up anytime soon.
UPDATE, 3:03: The move is now official, Arencibia signed a minor-league deal and was assigned to Durham; Carlos Corporan was released.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are set to sign C J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.
Arencibia, 30, is expected to report initially to Triple-A Durham, but could provide an alternative if there was an injury at the big-league level of if Hank Conger were to continue to struggle.
Arencibia hit .310 with six homers, 17 RBIs and a .921 on-base plus slugging percentage in 24 games for the Rays late last season after spending most of the year with the Bulls.
He had hoped to stay with the Rays, but was released and signed with the Phillies, who sent him to Triple-A, from where he was released Monday at his request.
The Rays currently have Luke Maile and Carlos Corporan catching at Durham, and Conger in the majors with Curt Casali, who has gotten most of the playing time.