I mentioned Thole's six passed balls, and several readers, some via the comments section, and some via email, wondered whether that had to do with catching RA Dickey's knuckleball on a consistent basis. The answer is: a little.
Thole caught seven of Dickey's eight starts with the Buffalo Bisons. The first five went off without a hitch, but on May 4th, he was charged with two passed balls while Dickey was labeled with a wild pitch. Dickey was also labeled with a wild pitch on May 9th in his next start, which Thole also caught.
By the way, the International League leader in passed balls is the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees' Jesus Montero with 13 in 64 games. No other catcher has more than six.
Bottom line: one third of Thole's passed balls came in a single game catching RA Dickey, while the other four were spread out over his other 37 games.
Last night, Prospect Insider wrote that, regarding Lee, "things have changed and the Mets might be on the outside looking in." Jason Churchill, who has Mariners' connections, puts the Twins and the Rangers in front of the Mets. Look, if the Twins are willing to part with Hicks, (and he's the guy the Mariners really want), I'm not sure there's much the Mets can do. If the Twins decide to hang on to Hicks or he's not really the Mariners guy, the Mets can still pull Lee, if they want to ante up.