Heyman: Mets would consider Castillo for Pierre

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SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mets would consider swapping Luis Castillo for Juan Pierre if the Dodgers are up for it.
Both players have two years left on contracts their teams have long regretted handing out. Pierre is owed $18.5 million, while Castillo is due $12 million. The Mets would probably want some cash involved in a straight-up deal.
A trade makes some sense, in that the Dodgers need a second baseman and the Mets are looking for a left fielder. Still, if the players were strong options at those spots, their teams wouldn’t be trying so hard to get rid of them. The Dodgers may prefer getting an overpaid pitcher for Pierre than committing to Castillo at second base. Castillo was an asset with his .387 OBP for the Mets last season, but his defense has fallen off a cliff and he’d be a big downgrade from what Orlando Hudson gave them with the glove last season.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.