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Josh Thole | Catcher | #22

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/28/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 13 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Thole has elected free agency.
Thole was basically only on the Blue Jays' roster the last few years in order to catch R.A. Dickey, and Dickey is now in Atlanta. He's a career .242/.313/.306 hitter. Fri, Nov 18, 2016 04:06:00 PM

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Blue Jays re-signed C Josh Thole to a one-year contract.

Thole was designated for assignment by Toronto on August 28 and released two days later, but that was mostly a procedural move to clear a spot for Dioner Navarro. Thole is back on the active roster now.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 11:39:00 AM

Blue Jays released C Josh Thole.

Thole elected to become a free agent after getting pushed off the Jays' 40-man roster over the weekend to clear a 40-man roster spot for Dioner Navarro. The 29-year-old Thole is expected to re-sign with Toronto.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 10:02:00 PM

Blue Jays designated C Josh Thole for assignment.

He's being sent out to create a spot on the active roster for the recently acquired Dioner Navarro. The Jays are hopeful that Thole, who has served as the personal catcher for R.A. Dickey, will clear waivers and return to the club when rosters expand next week.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 04:47:00 PM

Blue Jays re-signed C Josh Thole to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

He was non-tendered on Wednesday, as the Jays didn't want to give Thole a raise from his $1.75 million salary in 2015. However, he's now back with the club on a lesser deal and should back up Russell Martin in 2016.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:39:00 PM

Blue Jays non-tendered C Josh Thole.

Thole is a .249/.319/.314 career hitter at the major league level. The 29-year-old catcher may have to settle for a spot at Triple-A to open the 2016 season.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:31:00 AM

Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo.

Thole wasn't going to catch in the team's next three games anyways, so he was sent out to make room for Drew Hutchison on the active roster. Thole will be back after rosters expand on Tuesday.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:08:00 AM

Blue Jays recalled C Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Jays will carry three catchers while Russell Martin is banged up. Thole will likely catch R.A. Dickey.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 08:39:00 AM

Josh Thole will be recalled by the Blue Jays prior to Sunday's game against the Angels.

With Russell Martin banged up, the team will carry a third catcher for the time being, and it's likely Thole will remain with the club for the remainder of the season. He will likely see most of his action with R.A. Dickey on the hill.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 11:32:00 AM

Jeff Blair of writes that the Blue Jays could call up Josh Thole this weekend.

Russell Martin is getting banged up while attempting to catch R.A. Dickey, but of course Thole has extensive experience catching the knuckleballer. Every game is critical for the Blue Jays right now, so they could bring him back for their upcoming series against the Yankees.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 09:51:00 AM

Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo.

The move clears the way for Dioner Navarro's return. Thole is hitting .269 (7-for-26) with two doubles and two RBI over nine games this season, mostly as a caddy for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. He figures to be back before long.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo.

Thole will serve as the backup to Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin while Dioner Navarro recovers from a strained left hamstring. Thole is not fantasy relevant.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo; re-assigned LHP Jeff Francis and INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.

That means Russell Martin will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Thole could eventually get a shot as Martin's backup if the Jays ever trade Dioner Navarro.
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 08:05:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that he's leaning towards having Josh Thole as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher.

While it doesn't do anything for Thole's fantasy value, it should be a nice boost to the veteran knuckleballer who has built up a tremendous rapport with Thole over the years. Russell Martin will do the bulk of the catching for the Jays other four starters.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Blue Jays exercised C Josh Thole's $1.75 million option for 2015.

Thole's role has basically been relegated to being the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but he is still a worthwhile backup. The 28-year-old backstop hit .248/.320/.278 with seven RBI in 57 games for the Jays in 2014.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:50:00 PM

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C1Russell Martin
2A.J. Jimenez
3Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6T.J. House
7Casey Lawrence
8Ryan Borucki
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Biagini
4Aaron Loup
5Ryan Tepera
6Danny Barnes
7Dominic Leone
8Chris Smith
9Matt Dermody
10Chad Girodo
11Glenn Sparkman
12Leonel Campos
13Gavin Floyd
14Brett Oberholtzer