NEW BRITAIN - In an effort to make up some ground in the Liberty Division standings, the New Britain Bees continue to shape their roster with another former Major League player.
The team announced the signing of catcher Josh Thole Tuesday.
“Josh will bring an extensive amount of big league experience to our club and we’re glad to have him on board,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “He’s a professional hitter and will work great with our veteran pitching staff.”
Thole joins the Bees for his Atlantic League debut and 13th season of professional baseball.
The former big leaguer appeared in 50 games for the Toronto Blue Jay in 2016, hitting .169 with a home run and seven RBI.
Overall, the 31-year-old spent parts of eight seasons in the MLB, his best coming in 2011 with the New York Mets when he hit .268 with 40 RBI in a career-high 114 games.
Thole spent four seasons with the Mets before being traded to the Blue Jays in 2013 as part of a package that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto for Noah Syndergaard and Travis D’Arnaud
In 478 career Major League games, Thole has posted a .242 batting average with 111 RBI.
Bierfeldt signs with Can-Am’s Rockland Boulders
Torrington native Conor Bierfeldt was signed by the Rockland Boulders of the Canadian-American Association, another independent league.
Bierfeldt was released by the Bees on May 21 after hitting .169 with two home runs and 18 RBI with 19 strike outs in 18 games.