Diamondbacks sign catcher Josh Thole to minor league deal

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed catcher Josh Thole to a one-year minor league contract.

The deal was announced by the team Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Thole, who has been the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, played four seasons with the New York Mets and the last four with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He is the third catcher acquired by Arizona in the offseason, joining Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis. The team already had Chris Herrmann and Oscar Hernandez on the roster.