Andy Pettitte is announcing his retirement tomorrow and Jamie Moyer’s chances for a comeback are looking very shaky following Tommy John elbow surgery at age 48, which means no active pitchers have 200 career wins.
In fact, only one active pitcher has more than 170 wins and it’s … Tim Wakefield with 193. Seriously, here’s the active wins leaderboard with Pettitte and Moyer out of the picture:
Tim Wakefield 193
Roy Halladay 169
Livan Hernandez 166
Tim Hudson 165
Kevin Millwood 159
Derek Lowe 157
CC Sabathia 157
Javier Vazquez 152
Roy Oswalt 150
And no one else has 150 victories. Wakefield is facing an uphill battle to reach 200 wins, but he figures to be the active leader until at least mid-2012.
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.