The Dodgers are signing veteran catcher Josh Thole to a minor league contract, according to Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish.
Thole, 32, is a left-handed hitter and veteran of 8 MLB seasons. He is most notably known as R.A. Dickey’s personal catcher when he was with the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.
His best season came in 2010 for the Mets where he hit .277/.357/.366 with a 103 wRC+ and put up a 1.3 WAR. During spring training in 2017 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thole suffered a torn hamstring and missed the entire season. In 2018, he was signed to a minor league deal for the Detroit Tigers and played in 21 games for their AA team.
Thole holds a career .242/.313/.306 slash line with 9 home runs, a .278 wOBA, 73 wRC+ and 0.7 wins above replacement. In 2016, his last season with time in the majors, Thole was ranked as the 18th best pitch framer by framing runs above average at 7.9.
Expect Thole to get a non-roster invite to spring training but don’t expect to see him in the majors this season. He is purely a depth signing who will bring veteran experience to help teach the younger players in the minor leagues.
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