In some of the Dan Haren/Ervin Santana threads some Angels fans have said that they hope that L.A. doesn’t re-sign Zack Greinke. Guess what: the Angels aren’t listening to you, as Danny Knobler reports:
The Angels’ top offseason priority is finding a way to re-sign Greinke (“huge priority,” one Angels person said).
Greinke was 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 89 and a third innings for the Angels after being shipped west from Milwaukee. He made $13.5 million in 2012 and he’s easily the top free agent pitcher on the market this winter, so the Angels are going to have some serious competition and are going to have to pay some serious coin to lock him up.
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.