Catcher Henry Blanco announced his retirement Monday and accepted a position on the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Blanco closes out a 16-year playing career with a .223/.288/.361 line as well as 72 home runs and 298 RBI in 2,761 at-bats for 11 different teams.
Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch beat out veteran Henry Blanco for the team's backup catching duties, MLB.com reports.Gosewisch slashed .316/.316/.579 with one home run and four RBI in 19 Cactus League at-bats. Blanco will use the next 24 hours to search for a big-league job. If he's unable to find a team to play for, he'll likely become Arizona's seventh coach.
The Diamondbacks have signed catcher Henry Blanco, infielder Andy Marte and pitchers Bradley Blanks and Anthony Collazo to minor-league deals, Baseball America reports. Blanco, 42, hit .142/.228/.246 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 134 at-bats between the Blue Jays and Mariners last season. Marte hit .313/.373/.536 with 25 home runs and 92 RBI in 463 at-bats between the independent Atlantic League and Triple-A. Blanks went 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 21:8 K:BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings in the independent American Association last season. Collazo went 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 55:23 K:BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings in the independent Frontier League.
The Diamondbacks are expected to sign catcher Henry Blanco to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. Blanco will have a chance to compete for the backup catcher's role, according to the Arizona Republic.
Mariners catcher Henry Blanco has declined his outright assignment and elected to become a free agent, MLB.com reports. The 16-year veteran hit .142/.228/.246 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 134 at-bats between the Mariners and Blue Jays in 2013. He has played for 11 major-league teams, with his only stint of longer than two years with one team coming with the Cubs from 2005 to 2008.