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Diamondbacks sign Hank Conger to minor-league deal

Conger is the fourth free-agent catching addition of the winter for Arizona.

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The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with free-agent catcher Hank Conger, a major-league source told SB Nation. The deal will pay $950k in the majors and includes $450k in performance bonuses.

Conger is the fourth free-agent catching addition for the Diamondbacks this winter, joining Jeff Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Josh Thole. Arizona also has Chris Herrmann on its roster, meaning up to five catchers could be competing for spots during spring training.

Conger, who recently turned 29, spent last year with the Rays, hitting .194/.265/.306 with three homers in 49 games. Despite his poor career offensive numbers (.221/.294.366 in seven major-league seasons), he is valued as an above-average pitch-framer and will give Arizona some defensive versatility.

The D-Backs are the fourth major-league organization for Conger, who has also spent time with the Angels (2010-2014), Astros (2015) and Rays (2016).