Henry Blanco C ARI 10 Months
Henry Blanco has announced his retirement and accepted a coaching position with the Diamondbacks.
Blanco was in camp with Arizona on a minor league contract, but Tuffy Gosewisch secured the backup catcher job. The 42-year-old will wrap up his career with a .223/.288/.361 batting line and 72 home runs in 971 games.
Henry Blanco C ARI Oct 01 '79
Diamondbacks signed C Henry Blanco to a minor league contract.
The 42-year-old backstop will receive an invitation to spring training as well. While he was productive in a reserve role with the D'Backs in 2011, his offense has really taken a dive, slashing a brutal .157/.227/.258 with four homers and 21 RBI in 71 games the past two seasons. He'll compete to be the primary backup behind Miguel Montero.
Henry Blanco C ARI Sep 23 '79
The Diamondbacks are nearing a minor league contract with Henry Blanco.
The deal would include an invitation to spring training, where Blanco would compete for the backup job behind Miguel Montero. With only Tuffy Gosewisch standing in his way, he'd have a good shot to crack the Opening Day roster. Blanco, 42, batted just .142/.228/.246 for the Blue Jays and Mariners in 2013, but he was productive in a backup role with the D'Backs in 2011.
Henry Blanco C ARI Aug 30 '79
According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Henry Blanco is looking to play one more season.
Blanco, 42, batted .142/.228/.246 with three homers and 14 RBI in 150 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks. He may have to settle for a minor league deal if he wants to continue his career.
Henry Blanco C ARI Jul 21 '79
Henry Blanco has elected free agency.
Blanco was designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier this week. The 42-year-old hit .142/.228/.246 with three homers in 150 plate appearances this season. It's unclear whether he'll return for his 17th season in the big leagues.
Henry Blanco C ARI Jul 19 '79
Mariners designated C Henry Blanco for assignment.
The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Travis Witherspoon on the 40-man roster. Blanco, 42, batted .142/.228/.246 with three homers in 150 plate appearances this season between the Blue Jays and Mariners.
Henry Blanco C ARI May 13 '79
Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the year Thursday against the Red Sox.
Blanco has two grand slams in 46 at-bats with the Mariners; he had one previously in 2,665 at-bats as a major leaguer. His two slams tie him with Alex Gordon, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead.
Henry Blanco C ARI Mar 27 '79
Henry Blanco hit a grand slam in the Mariners' defeat of the A's on Saturday evening in Oakland.
Blanco was filling in for Mike Zunino, who got the night off after hitting his first major league homer on Friday. The rookie catcher is going to start most games.
Henry Blanco C ARI Mar 25 '79
Mariners signed C Henry Blanco to a one-year contract.
Blanco was released by the Blue Jays earlier this week, but it didn't take him long to find a new home. The 41-year-old backstop will replace Kelly Shoppach on the Mariners' roster and will function as Mike Zunino's backup.
Henry Blanco C ARI Mar 22 '79
Blue Jays released C Henry Blanco.
Blanco was designated for assignment over the weekend after batting .184/.262/.263 for the Jays. It will be interesting to see if this is the end for the 42-year-old backstop.