Cashman clarifies his Jeter-to-the-outfield comments

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Brian Cashman’s comments about Derek Jeter moving to the outfield one day caused a mini-uproar yesterday (and a fun mini-research project). Late yesterday, however,  he told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger that people need to chill. Well, not in so many words, but that’s clearly what he meant:

Later, Cashman said he was dealing merely in hypotheticals.

“I don’t have to deal with that because it’s not something we have to deal with,” Cashman told The Star-Ledger in a telephone interview. “We’ll deal with that if he loses something and forces us to deal with that. That’s not where we’re at.”

Cashman called the exchange a “baseball conversation, not a declaration, not an announcement, nothing of that nature.”

Well, there goes my analysis of Jeter as a third baseman, second baseman, catcher, bench coach, color commentator and beer guy that I was going to write up today. Darn.

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.