By Matt Snyder
Thursday was the first day free agents could talk to other organizations, but it was quiet overall. It makes sense, given it was just the first day they could even discuss anything and there's got to be a time to negotiate. Still, we did see two signings. The first was Juan Rivera re-signing with the Dodgers. The other? None other than backup catcher Henry Blanco, who re-signs with Arizona.
The D-Backs announced the move Thursday night, reporting they've given Blanco a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2013. Blanco had previously declined his end of a mutual option for 2012. Blanco's new deal will pay him $1.2 million in '12 (Jon Heyman via Twitter).
Blanco, 40, hit .250/.330/.540 with eight home runs in 112 plate appearances in 2011, but he's not on the team for offense. He works really well with pitchers and teamed with Miguel Montero to lead the majors in throwing out 37.1 percent of opposing base-stealers.
So, yeah, it's been quite the heart-stopping day in free agency, no? Don't hold your breath waiting for a more exciting day Friday, but you never know.
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