Henry Blanco
Henry Blanco
47-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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There was no outlook written for Henry Blanco in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2013 that includes an invite to spring training.
CArizona Diamondbacks  
March 29, 2014
Blanco didn't make the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster, Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
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Blanco will likely look for a major league job elsewhere but is otherwise expected to work as an assistant hitting coach for the Diamondbacks. They say some of the best hitting coaches weren't particularly good hitters, and he'll look to support that theory, as his playing career will likely come to an end with a .223/.288/.361 slash line.
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Blanco was limited to 21 games as Miguel Montero's backup before a torn thumb ligament ended his season in August. While he quietly hit eight homers in 100 at-bats in 2011 (.870 OPS), the veteran backstop failed to match that production during his second campaign in Arizona. Most of the value Blanco has provided throughout his career has come as a defender and clubhouse leader, but the Blue Jays are giving him a look in spring training after signing Blanco to a non-guaranteed deal in January.
The D-Backs re-signed Blanco in November following a productive campaign where he managed to hit eight homers in just 100 at-bats. With Miguel Montero in position to shoulder a heavy workload again, Blanco will remain in position to start a game or two per week while providing a valuable veteran presence to the organization's young pitching staff.
Blanco signed with the Mets in December 2009 to serve as their backup catcher; a role he ably filled first behind Rod Barajas then Jose Thole. Blanco signed with Arizona in December where he will once again be a defense-first backup backstop.
Blanco is a legitimate backup catcher with a cannon and the ability to hit lefties. He's a marginal second catcher in NL-only leagues. The Mets signed him in the offseason, and given their catching situation, Blanco may play more than expected, which doesn't change his value at all.
Blanco is a free agent at press time, but it's likely he'll re-sign with the Cubs before the start of the season. He's a 37-year-old backup catcher with a career .658 OPS. Don't make a big push for him based on a surprisingly productive 2008 at the plate.
Blanco missed most of 2007 with a neck injury, but should be fine for the start of 2008. He'll resume his job as the Cubs' No. 2 catcher, this time behind prospect Geovany Soto. Even if Blanco were to take over the job, at best, he'd hit for a modicum of power and a low average while playing solid defense behind the plate.
Blanco's a good defensive catcher with a tiny bit of pop. He'll see a start or two per week backing up Michael Barrett.
Blanco is an above average backup catcher who throws out runners and has a tiny bit of home run pop. He won't reach first base to save his life, and it would be a minor miracle if he hit .260.
Blanco was pressed into a starting role with the Twins for much of the season after Joe Mauer was injured and responded with 10 home runs and strong defense behind the plate (throwing out 30 of 61 base stealers). However, the rest of his hitting was anemic. He should continue to provide modest power and strong defense from a backup catcher role with the Cubs, but if he gets significant at-bats he will kill a fantasy team's batting average.
Blanco will mentor Joe Mauer as a backup in Minnesota. He'll be the third catcher on the roster and may not last the season. Don't expect many at bats.
Blanco will likely back up Javy Lopez again. He's got a strong arm and is considered a strong defensive lineup. He'll kill your batting average if left in your lineup, however.
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Henry Blanco: May Becoming Assistant Hitting Coach in 2014
CArizona Diamondbacks  
February 10, 2014
Blanco will compete with Tuffy Gosewisch for the backup catcher job this spring, Arizona Sports/KTAR reports.
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CArizona Diamondbacks  
December 13, 2013
Blanco signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday that includes an invite to spring training.
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CFree Agent  
October 10, 2013
Blanco declined his outright assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent, MLB.com reports.
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CSeattle Mariners  
October 8, 2013
Blanco has been designated for assignment, the Seattle Times reports.
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CSeattle Mariners  
August 1, 2013
Blanco hit a grand slam Thursday, his second of the season and third of his career, in a loss at Boston.
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