Blanks has elected free agency, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.

While Blanks fared well when on the field for a second consecutive season, his issues with Achilles tendinitis persisted, limiting him to a mere 18 games for Texas. He was outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster last week. The 29-year-old will look to latch on with another club, but his availability for the start of spring training is uncertain after he had surgery on both of his Achillies' tendons in September.

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