PHOENIX (AP) -- Catcher Henry Blanco is staying with the Arizona Diamondbacks, agreeing to a 1.5 million, one-year contract.
Blanco gets 1.25 million next year under Thursday's agreement, and the sides have a 1.25 million mutual option for 2013 with a 250,000 buyout.
Blanco declined a 1.15 million mutual option for 2012 on Tuesday, two days after the team exercised its end. By declining the option, he forfeited a 250,000 buyout.
He hit .250 with eight homers and 12 RBIs as Arizona's backup catcher last season. The 40-year-old from Venezuela served as a mentor for young All-Star catcher Miguel Montero and was a sturdy leader in the clubhouse for a team that won the NL West after consecutive 90-loss seasons.
Blanco appeared in 37 games at catcher, posted a .995 fielding percentage (just one error in 192 total chances) and threw out 38.1 percent of attempted base stealers. Among all catchers, his 38.1 caught-stealing percentage ranked second behind the Nationals Ivan Rodrig...