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Josh Thole is handed starting duties

The Mets let Rod Barajas go to the Dodgers and look toward the future

Updated: August 22, 2010, 2:46 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Mets paved the way for rookie Josh Thole to catch the bulk of the team's remaining games and prove himself worthy of that role in 2011 by sending Rod Barajas to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a waiver claim Sunday morning.

"If I'm going to have a chance to catch every day, awesome," Thole said. "If I'm going to be the left-handed bat off the bench, awesome, too. I'm ready. I've been working with all the starters in the bullpen developing good relationships ...

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