Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:09:41 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Josh Thole has won the backup catching job over C Erik Kratz. Thole will be tasked with catching SP R.A. Dickey.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:48:37 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Moises Sierra and C Erik Kratz are in good position to make the club as bench options. Sierra has an advantage over OF Anthony Gose because Sierra is out of options and hits right-handed, which would complement DH Adam Lind for platoon duties. Melky Cabrera would be the backup center fielder if Sierra makes the club. Kratz is beating out C Josh Thole because he's been SP R.A. Dickey's primary receiver. Still, the backup backstop competition probably will last until the end of camp.
Fantasy Tip: Sierra is an intriguing AL-only dice roll because of his power-speed mix. Gose's speed could be just as useful for hopeful, cautious bidders.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:23:42 -0800
The plan is for Toronto Blue Jays C Erik Kratz to continue working with SP R.A. Dickey this spring, meaning Kratz has the inside track over C Josh Thole for the job to back up C Dioner Navarro. However, manager John Gibbons is saying not to read anything into it, despite praising Kratz's work with the knuckleballer.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:41:19 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia (knee) was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness Wednesday, Aug. 7. C Josh Thole will receive the start.
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:24:36 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled 3B Andy LaRoche and C Josh Thole from the minors Friday, June 7, and designated C Henry Blanco for assignment in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: LaRoche and Thole will serve as depth and should only be considered in deep AL-only formats.
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:52:00 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays sent RP Dave Bush and C Josh Thole to minor league camp Monday, March 25.
Fantasy Tip: Henry Blanco won the backup job to J.P. Arencibia, but Thole could will be recalled at some point this season. Blanco and Thole are only valuable in deep two-catcher leagues and AL-only formats.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:45:15 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ and C Josh Thole are expected to start the season in the minors. Happ figures to draw significant trade interest, but Toronto thinks he has value starting or relieving at Class AAA, according to a major league executive familiar with the team's plans. C Henry Blanco has the edge as the backup catcher, but the team thinks Thole will be valuable over the next few years.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:22:31 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed that SP R.A. Dickey will have a personal catcher this season. Gibbons seems to be leaning toward using Cs Josh Thole or Henry Blanco over C J.P. Arencibia, though, since both Thole and Blanco have experience catching Dickey with the New York Mets. However, Arencibia has been working with Dickey in recent bullpen sessions and will play with him for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:14:43 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia will be behind the plate Sunday, Feb. 24, and will catch SP R.A. Dickey Monday, Feb. 25. C Josh Thole will be the starting catcher in the spring opener Saturday, Feb. 23.
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:02:54 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia is unlikely to catch SP R.A. Dickey on opening day, with Cs Henry Blanco or Josh Thole in the running to catch Dickey in the season opener. Both Blanco and Thole caught Dickey for the New York Mets, and they'll both catch Dickey in spring games. "If you've got any pitcher on your staff that clearly works better with (a particular) catcher, it would be stupid not to do it that way," manager John Gibbons said.