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Blue Jays sign catcher Henry Blanco

Jan 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EST

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The Blue Jays announced this evening that they have signed catcher Henry Blanco to a non-guaranteed, one-year, $750,000 contract. Tommy Hottovy was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move, which means Blanco will occupy a spot on the 40-man roster for the time being.

Blanco, 41, batted just .188/.224/.281 with one home run, seven RBI and a .581 OPS in 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season. He became a free agent after Arizona declined his $1.24 million option for 2013.

The Blue Jays already have J.P. Arencibia and Josh Thole as the projected catchers for the Opening Day roster, so Blanco will provide some insurance. It also helps that he caught knuckleballer R.A. Dickey when they were teammates with the Mets in 2010.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    When Greg Zaun interviewed Dickey last year for Sportsnet (well before the trade), Dickey told him that Blanco caught his knuckle ball better than any other catcher. Blanco will probably share the catching duties in Buffalo, and would be called up if Thole was hurt. Alternatively, he and Thole will be fighting it out for the back up job behind Arencibia.

  2. raulduke11 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Hank White FTW!!!

  3. hojo20 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Let me guess, 2 mo from now, Blanco will be “in the best shape of his life”….

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I’ve always liked Blanco and sort of hoped the Yankees would sign him. He was usually good for a few dingers and some pretty nifty defense, though at 41wonder how much is left.

  5. stew37 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I really like this signing. Thole and Blanco battle it out for the backup job, if Thole loses out, there are always a team or two that need a backup catcher come spring training and you might get a decent prospect. If Blanco loses out you have a solid veteran at triple A and a Latin catcher introduced to an organization investing big in Latin talent (a very Dominican flare in Toronto that I love). Blanco is the type of guy that makes a great coach/manager down the road. Ups to AA.

  6. adcoop22 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    This guy molded Montero into a top 3 NL catcher. He serves as a adequate backup for a game or two here and there, but more importantly acts like a player-coach. I was hoping that he would end up in the DBacks system as a coach, but good for you Toronto. You have a quality, dependable guy.

  7. adcoop22 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    This guy molded Montero into a top 3 NL catcher. He serves as a adequate backup for a game or two here and there, but more importantly acts like a player-coach. I was hoping that he would end up in the DBacks system as a coach, but good for you Toronto. You got a quality, dependable guy.

    • adcoop22 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      sorry about the double post, I accidentally double clicked the submit button.

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