The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with catcher Henry Blanco on a one-year contract with a mutual option, according to D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
Blanco, 40, hit .250 (25-for-100) with 3 doubles, a triple, 8 home runs and 12 RBI in 37 games along with a .330 on-base percentage and .540 slugging percentage. Defensively, he appeared in 37 games (31 starts) at catcher, posted a .995 fielding percentage, committing 1 error in 192 total chances, and threw out 38.1 percent of attempted basestealers (8-for-21). Among all catchers (min. 30 games), his 38.1 caught stealing percentage ranked second (behind the Nationals' Ivan Rodriguez, 50.0 percent, 12-of-24), his 1 error tied for the second-fewest and his .995 fielding percentage tied for 13th-best. Blanco and teammate Miguel Montero, who threw out 36.8 percent of attempted basestealers (28-of-76), combined to throw out 37.1 percent of attempted basestealers (36-of-97), the top mark in the Majors this season, the highest percentage in franchise history and the 12th-best mark in the National League since 1998.
Among active catchers (min. 480 games), he ranks second having thrown out 40.8 percent of attempted basestealers (237-of-581) behind Ivan Rodriguez (41.7 percent, 563-for-1349), tied with Yadier Molina for fourth with a 0.61 assists per 9.0 innings ratio, tied with Yorvit Torrealba, Brian Schneider and Jason Varitek for fifth with a .994 fielding percentage while his 33 errors are 10th-fewest.
Over parts of 14 Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, New York Mets and D-backs, he has batted .228 (584-for-2563) with 137 doubles, 11 triples, 68 home runs, 277 RBI in 900 games along with a .293 on-base percentage, .369 slugging percentage and .662 OPS. Defensively, he has seen action at catcher (846 games, 734 starts), first base (10 games, 7 starts), third base (2 games) and leftfield (1 game). At catcher, he has posted a .994 fielding percentage and thrown out 40.8 percent of attempted basestealers (237-of-581).
The D-backs 40-man roster is at 33 players.