Originally written November 04, 2011 on Baseball Think Factory:
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Diamondback re-signed Henry Blanco to a 1 year/$1.2 million contract with a mutual option for 2013 at $1.24 million. I’m not sure that the re-signing of a 40 year old backup catcher to a one year deal merits comment. In general that is. First of all, Blanco played pretty well last year (.250/.330/.540—yes, Voros’ Law applies of course. We are talking 112 plate appearances) and he’s put up an 89 OPS+ over his last 616 plate appearances—and was very good against the running game (46% caught stealing in the same time frame). I don’t expect ZiPS to be all that impressed with his bat (and I know Met fans are not either), but he does rate to hit like a decent backup catcher and he’s still getting it done defensively. But what drew me to make this comment was the saga of his last mutual option. He opted out of a $1.15 million contract. Not in search of riches (I thought when I saw the report that he had declined the option that he was going to try to parlay his good play into one last d...
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