Blanks was released by the Giants on Friday, Alec Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The oft-injured first baseman batted just .232 in 34 games with Triple-A Sacramento, so the Giants opted to part ways with him to make room for other higher-upside prospects. Blanks has a good amount of big-league experience to his name, but his injury history could deter any potential suitors in free agency.
Blanks (Achilles) re-signed with the Giants on a minor league contract Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Blanks missed all of the 2016 season due to a lingering issue with his Achilles, but when he's healthy, he possesses solid right-handed power. The slugger could compete for a bench role out of spring training, although his recurring health issues could hamper his ability to do so.
Blanks was scratched from Thursday's spring training game with a right Achilles injury, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Blanks has had surgery on both heels and was dealing with pain in that same Achilles earlier in spring training. Blanks is in the running for a bench job in San Francisco if he can get healthy, but if not, it will open the door for a player like Grant Green or Gorkys Hernandez to grab that open outfield spot on the Giants roster.
Blanks (Achilles) smacked his second home run of the spring against the White Sox on Monday. Blanks is recovering from surgery on both of his Achilles tendons this offseason. His strong start in spring training is a good sign for his health and for his chances to stick with the Giants this season. Blanks was signed to a minor league contract in November, so the Giants weren't expecting him to be on the 25-man roster. If he can continue to flash his power then Blanks may force San Francisco's hand, especially considering their need for right-handed power off of the bench.
Blanks (Achilles) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Giants, pending a physical, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports. The "pending a physical" part is no formality with Blanks, who was limited to 18 games last season due to Achilles tendinitis, and had to have both Achilles' tendons operated on in the offseason. Blanks brings some pop and can draw a walk, but he's limited defensively. A short-end platoon role with Brandon Belt at first base would likely be a best-case scenario for Blanks in 2016.