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Joaquín Árias (baseball)

Joaquín Árias
Árias with the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants – No. 13
Third baseman
Born: (1984-09-21) September 21, 1984 (age 31)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 2006 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through May 18, 2015)
Batting average .267
Home runs 7
Runs batted in 92
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Career highlights and awards

Joaquín Árias (born September 21, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball.

Baseball career

Texas Rangers

Árias was acquired by the Texas Rangers on March 23, 2004, completing a trade made 36 days earlier on February 16 that sent Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for Alfonso Soriano.[1] Among five Yankees prospects offered to the Rangers, Árias was selected over Robinson Canó because he was a more polished defender and two years younger.[2] Árias made his Major League debut with the Rangers on September 13, 2006, drawing a walk.

New York Mets

Árias was designated for assignment on August 24, 2010[3] and traded to the New York Mets on August 31 for Jeff Francoeur.[4]

Kansas City Royals

On November 4, 2010, Árias was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals,[5] but the Royals designated Árias for assignment on December 19 to make room on the 40-man roster for the prospects acquired in the Zack Greinke trade.[6]

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants signed Árias to a minor league contract on December 15, 2011. After spending the 2012 Spring training with the Giants, he was assigned to Fresno Grizzlies, Giants' Triple-A affiliate, on April 5. He played 18 games for the Grizzlies, hitting .400 with 2 home runs and 17 RBIs. The Giants called up Árias on April 25.[7]


Árias hit his first major-league home run in his 331st career major-league at-bat on May 22, 2012. The two-run homer off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum gave San Francisco a 4–0 lead in the 4th inning of a game the Giants would go on to win by a score of 6–4.[8] On June 13, 2012, playing third base, Árias fielded the ball and threw to first base for the final out of Matt Cain's perfect game.[9] On August 22, 2012, he accumulated a single-game career high of five RBIs.[10] In total Árias appeared in 112 games of the 2012 regular season, batting .270 with 5 home runs and 34 RBIs. He was also hit by pitches a team-high 5 times.[11]

The Giants finished the 2012 season as World Series Champions. During the postseason Árias appeared in 12 games, all of them as a mid- to late-inning replacement. On October 10, during the Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Árias entered the game in the fourth inning and had two hits in three times at bat. Both hits were doubles, after both of which Árias eventually scored runs in a game the Giants won 8–3. Overall for the postseason, Árias went 3-for-8 (.375) with three runs scored.[12]


On June 24, 2013, Árias left a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning with a left hamstring injury after scoring from first base on a double by Andres Torres.[13] The injury only sidelined Árias for a little over a week and he took the field for the Giants against the Cincinnati Reds on July 3.[14] However, his return proved to be short-lived when he required an emergency appendectomy late on the night of July 7. The following day the Giants placed him on the 15-day disabled list.[15] He was re-activated and returned to the team on July 26.[16]


  1. ^ "Rangers acquire SS Joaquin Árias from Yankees" (Press release). 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ Kepner, Tyler (2010-09-01). "Newest Met Is a Footnote in Yankees History". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ Grant, Evan (2010-08-24). "Rangers purchase contract of Alex Cora, designate Joaquin Arias for assignment | Texas Rangers Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ Puma, Mike (2010-08-17). "Mets trade Francoeur to Rangers for Arias". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ Kaegel, Dick (4 November 2010). "Kansas City Royals claim infielder Joaquin Arias off waivers; Mets trim 40-man roster". 
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  7. ^ Goheen, Kevin (2012-04-26). "Arias brought up to bolster Giants' infield". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  8. ^ "May 22, 2012 San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers Play by Play and Box Score". Sports Reference LLC. 2000–2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "June 13, 2012 Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants Play by Play and Box Score". Sports Reference LLC. 2000–2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Haft, Chris (2012-08-22). "Giants sweep Dodgers behind Arias' big night". Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  11. ^ "2012 San Francisco Giants Batting, Pitching and Fielding Statistics". Sports Reference LLC. 2000–2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Joaquin Arias Postseason Batting Gamelogs". Sports Reference LLC. 2000–2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ Felkins, Melissa (June 24, 2013). "Arias Leaves Game After Hamstring Injury". Around the Foghorn. Around the Foghorn and FanSided, LLC. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ "July 3, 2013 San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds Box Score and Play by Play". Sports Reference LLC. 2000–2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ Haft, Chris (July 8, 2013). "Arias hits DL after appendectomy". News. MLB Advanced Media L.P. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ Owens, Andrew (July 26, 2013). "Giants send down Dunning as Arias returns". News. MLB Advanced Media L.P. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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