Detroit Tigers / Josh Thole

Tigers Sign Josh Thole To Minor-League Deal

Posted On: Jun 23, 2018   |   Posted By: MLB Trade Rumors

The Tigers have signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor-league deal and assigned him to Double-A Erie, per the SeaWolves' Twitter account .
Thole, 31, is perhaps best known as the personal catcher for Cy Young-winnings knuckleballer R.A. Dickey during some of his best seasons. The relationship between the two was strong enough to facilitate the addition of Thole into the December 2012 trade that sent Dickey from the Mets to the Blue Jays; the backstop ended up appearing in 102 games for Toronto in the two years following that swap.
The veteran Thole has certainly never been known for his bat. He last appeared in the majors during the 2016 season, when he hit just .169/.254/.220 across 136 plate appearances. For his MLB career, Thole sports a wRC+ of just 73, in part due to a slugging percentage that barely tops .300.
To be fair, though, Thole's never been valued for his bat. Despite these laughable offensive numbers, Fangraphs' WAR formula rates Thole as an above-replacement-level player for his lifetime due to...

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