After a season of small-sample success in 2015, when he posted a 137 wRC+ in 261 plate appearances, Andres Blanco has now had two straight seasons where his numbers better matched his utility-infielder status. He hit for a very poor .192/.257/.292 line last year over 144 plate appearances in what may have been his final major-league season. The veteran infielder may still provide some value in the clubhouse, but his value on the field is minimal. He may latch on with a team this offseason, likely on a minor-league deal, but isn't likely to get into many games or do much with what little playing time he's given. Only owners in the deepest of leagues will have any reason to look at Blanco, if he even plays in the majors at all.
Blanco (laceration) will play in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group reports. The undisclosed open wound that has kept Blanco sidelined for all of exhibition play appears to be fully healed, clearing the way for him to make his Cactus League debut. The 33-year-old will now look to lock down an Opening Day roster spot as the Giants' utility man.
Blanco will be sidelined one week while recovering from an undisclosed open wound, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Specifics regarding the injury remain unclear, but Blanco will remain on the shelf for at least another week as he waits for the wound to heal. Once healthy, he'll resume his push for an Opening Day roster spot as the Giants' utility man.
Blanco signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, though Blanco will be given the option to sign overseas if he doesn't break camp with the big-league club. The 33-year-old has spent the previous three seasons filling a utility role for the Phillies, hitting a combined .255/.321/.420 in 276 games over that stretch. His batting average dropped all the way to .192 last season, however, and he was ultimately pushed aside in favor of Pedro Florimon. He'll push to make the Giants' Opening Day roster as a utility man in 2018.
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.