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Diamondbacks re-sign catcher Henry Blanco for $1.2 million

Nov 3, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jon Heyman of reports that the deal is worth $1.2 million and according to MLB Trade Rumors there’s also a $1.24 million mutual option for 2013, so Blanco essentially got an extra $50,000 for opting out.


Henry Blanco opted out of a one-year, $1.15 million deal with Arizona yesterday, but the veteran catcher is apparently close to returning to the Diamondbacks on a new contract.

General manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that they’ve “pretty much agreed to terms” that will presumably pay him a few more bucks on another one-year commitment.

Blanco has never been much of a hitter, but he remains an elite defensive catcher and is coming off a career-year at the plate in limited action. At age 40 he’s well suited for a part-time role and as a right-handed hitter backing up left-handed-hitting starter Miguel Montero is an ideal fit.

  1. b7p19 - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Hank White!

  2. Francisco (FC) - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Henry has had quite a storied career. I’ve watched him play winter ball lots of times. From time to time his bat was suspect, but his arm was always good. Still playing at the MLB level at age 40? Few Venezuelans have accomplished that feat.

  3. dracko19 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    He should have called DET first. Would be an ideal fit backing up Avilia.

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