D-backs sign OF Blanco with spring invite

Minor League contract bolsters Arizona's outfield depth

D-backs sign OF Blanco with spring invite

PHOENIX -- The D-backs signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Thursday.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported that Blanco will make a $1 million base salary if he is on the Major League roster.

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The 33-year-old Blanco spent the past five seasons with the Giants, with whom he had a slash line of .259/.338/.360, while playing all three outfield positions.

Blanco would give the D-backs additional options as a backup outfielder, and his left-handed bat would be welcome. General manager Mike Hazen has said that finding additional left-handed hitting was one of the remaining items on his to-do list.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.