The merry-go-round of the final spot on the Blue Jays 40-man roster continue. The Jays have signed veteran catcher, Henry Blanco – whose is 41 years young – to a non-guaranteed 1 year $750,000 deal. To make room on the 40-man, the Jays designated Tommy Hottovy whom they picked up on a waiver claim from the Rangers a couple days ago.
Blanco played in 21 games for the D-backs last season and batted .188 with one home run and seven RBIs.
His year ended in early August due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, and the D-backs declined his option following the season.
The 41-year-old veteran has appeared in 921 games over 15 big league seasons with the Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, Braves, Twins, Cubs, Padres, Mets and Arizona, compiling a lifetime .227 batting average.
Blanco also has some history with the Blue Jays’ new ace, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, when both were with the Mets in 2010. Pitching to Blanco, Dickey compiled a 2.52 ERA over 50 innings in seven games.
So the final spot on the 40-man goes like this – Russ Canzler to Chad Beck to Tommy Hottovy to Henry Blanco. Personally, I still think Canzler would be the most useful for the final bench spot – a young guy with raw power and the ability to play four positions in the field. However, with Blanco’s experience in catching Dickey, perhaps this insurance move will turn out to be the right one in the end.