Josh Thole, who has accumulated two years and 142 days of Major League service, will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2013.
According to MLB rules, a player is classified as a “Super Two” and is eligible for salary arbitration who has at least two but less than three years of Major League service if he has at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season, and he ranks in the top 22 percent in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service, however accumulated.
Michael Baron, ContributorIn terms of dollars, the figure Thole would earn through arbitration is still a pretty team-friendly figure for a secondary catcher. As such, I expect the Mets will retain Thole even though he’s due a significant raise in terms of percentage, especially if the Mets retain R.A. Dickey for 2013. Dickey has touted Thole’s ability to catch the knuckleball, and gave Thole much of the credit for his phenomenal year after the season ended. Thole does add value from that standpoint – he knows Dickey, has more experience catching Dickey than anyone else in the league and, despite the high passed ball total (most catchers who are responsible for catching knuckleballers lead the league in passed balls), Thole has learned to handle the knuckleball over the last three years or so.