A’s Acquire Curtis Thigpen

According to a press release, the A's acquired catcher Curtis Thigpen from the Blue Jays today for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  They also signed catcher Eric Munson to a minor league deal.

Thigpen, 26 in April, hit .222/.267/.310 at Triple A last year.  Baseball America describes him as adequate defensively.  The Jays designated Thigpen for assignment on February 4th to make room for Brian Burres.   Thigpen was the Jays' heir apparent at catcher three years ago, according to John Lott of the National Post.  Thigpen took the place of Guillermo Quiroz, the previous "catcher of the future."

Munson, 31, spent time with the Brewers' Triple A club last year but dealt with hip and shoulder injuries.  He's shown good pop in the past and was a can't-miss prospect himself a decade ago, when the Tigers picked him third overall and gave him a four-year, $6.75MM deal.  Munson can also play a little bit at the infield corners.



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