Mets shopping R.A. Dickey as extension talks stall

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So much for yesterday’s talk about R.A. Dickey and the Mets making progress in their contract extension negotiations, I guess.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mets are “showing little interest in signing Dickey to an extension” and are “discussing him in trades.”

Joel Sherman had a similar report in this morning’s New York Post, writing that “there was a substantial gap between what they are willing to offer the righty and what they perceive Dickey wants.”

Dickey is a great pitcher and an even better story, but he’s also a 38-year-old knuckleballer and for a team coming off a 74-88 season it would make plenty of sense to see what sort of young talent he could fetch in a trade. For now he’s signed for 2013 at the bargain price of $5 million and the Mets’ decision-makers are also working on a potential long-term extension with David Wright.

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.