The Phillies will likely part ways with Blanco this offseason, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Blanco has filled a utility role in Philly for the past three seasons, but has received less playing time each year. The team will likely keep Pedro Florimon around to fill a utility role next season.
Blanco hit a double in his only at-bat in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Rockies. Blanco has just 14 at-bats since the All-Star break and is unlikely to see an uptick in playing time unless injuries strike the Phillies in the infield. The veteran has hit just .168 with a .480 OPS in just 107 at-bats this season, so he's not making much of a case for himself.
Blanco is slashing .156/.232/.211 with one home run in 90 at-bats this season. The 33-year-old hasn't been over the Mendoza Line since late May and is currently mired in a 1-for-23 slump. Blanco's ability to play all four infield spots provides the Phillies with some flexibility, but his ineffectiveness at the plate and inconsistent opportunities limit his fantasy value.
Blanco has nine hits in 50 at-bats with four RBI this season. Philadelphia's veteran utility infielder is struggling mightily at the plate, and has only three plate appearances over the last nine games. Blanco provides major versatility in that he can play all four infield spots, but the 33-year-old is slashing only .180/.268/.260.
Blanco is batting fifth and playing third base Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. He fills in at the hot corner for Maikel Franco, who's the designated hitter. Blanco squares off with hittable Texas southpaw Martin Perez, giving him a deep sleeper boost in DFS when combined with his advantageous lineup spot. Of course, Blanco is batting just .222/.300/.370 in 30 plate appearances on the year, so temper expectations.
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