February 29, 2012; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (77) during a spring training exhibition game against the Florida State Seminoles at Bright House Networks Field. The Phillies defeated Florida State 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The Phillies sold catcher Tuffy Gosewisch to Toronto.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) July 31, 2012
The 28-year-old Gosewisch is a career minor league player that has not played in the majors yet. The 5-foot-11 catcher has spent the entire year in Triple-A and is batting just .192/.241/.310 in 228 plate appearances on the year. By trading him, the Phillies open up room at their Triple-A level for their catching prospects, specifically newly acquired Tommy Joseph.
For the Jays, they give up essentially nothing to acquire much needed catching depth after losing starting catcher J.P. Arencibia and No. 1 prospect Travis d'Arnaud, who is also a catcher, to injuries. Arencibia isn't expected back until one week into September and d'Arnaud may not play again this year. To show how desperately the Jays needed catching, the team is currently using Jeff Mathis and Yan Gomes at catcher.