The Yankees are not taking any chances with their catching depth now.
The team added their third veteran catcher of the offseason on Tuesday, signing ex-Met Josh Thole, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported. Thole has not played in the major leagues since 2016, spending time in the minor-league systems of the Tigers, Dodgers and Angels.
Thole, a career .242 hitter, joins Chris Iannetta and Erik Kratz as the Yankees’ catcher signings since Austin Romine signed with the Tigers. The Yankees are likely hoping none of them make the major leagues and will provide insurance behind Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka.
This will be Higashioka’s first full opportunity as a backup catcher, but he has impressed the Yankees with his power in the minor leagues. Thole, 33, played his first four seasons with the Mets before being traded to the Blue Jays in the deal that netted Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud.
Thole will get $600,000 if he makes it to the majors.