Rangers' Blanks hoping to put injury woes behind him

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kyle Blanks posts a rather large shadow in the corner of the Texas Rangers clubhouse. The 6-6, 265-pound Blanks is hoping he also posts a healthy season if he can make the club. Blanks, who is with the Rangers on a minor-league deal, has spent the offseason trying to recover from tendinitis in both his Achilles. The tendinitis occurred as Blanks was trying to recover...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Signs Top Source of Affordable Right-Handed Power

Kyle Blanks heading to #Rangers, as @ChrisCotillo reported. Will make $1M if he's on MLB roster. $600K in bonuses based on PA's. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 15, 2014 Right-handed power — for reasons both that do and don’t entirely appear to make sense — has been expensive thus far this offseason, as generous contracts […]
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Inevitable Yet Untimely Kyle Blanks Trade

Kyle Blanks’ long, mostly enigmatic San Diego Padres career came crashing to an end last week, as he was dealt to the Oakland A’s for outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later or cash considerations. A draft-and-follow from the 42nd round of the 2004 draft, Blanks raked at every level in the Padres minor league system. Blanks’ prospect breakout came in 2007 when...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Kyle Blanks be successful with the Oakland A’s?

Kyle Blanks The Oakland A’s acquired first baseman Kyle Blanks from the San Diego Padres this past week and designated Daric Barton for assignment. When Blanks was drafted back in 2004, he was predicted to be a huge power hitter. However, his major league career has been riddled with injuries. Having bounced around between Triple-A and the majors for most of his baseball career...
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Large Men, Small Dogs, and a Boatload of Context

Kyle Blanks’ demotion to Triple-A El Paso and subsequent trade to the A’s after going 2-for-10 in a cameo with the Padres triggered a couple of unrelated events. First, it deprived the world of once again seeing a man listed at 6’6”, 265 pounds rock a uniform emblazoned with a cartoon version of the world’s smallest dog. Second, it gave the Free Kyle Blanks Club a reason...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyle Blanks Traded to the Oakland A’s for Jake Goebbert and PTBNL

After days of speculation, 1B/OF Kyle Blanks was traded to the Oakland A’s today in exchange for OF Jake Goebbert and a PTBNL via Jerry Crasnick of Blanks was hitting well in El Paso .264/.364/.651 with nine HRs in 83 ABs for the Chihuahuas this season. OF Jake Goebbert will provide minor league depth in the OF, in Sacramento this year he hit .257/.371/.505. Two Cents...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Fill in with Blanks, signed X

Early yesterday afternoon the Padres announced the call-up of Kyle Blanks.  To make room for him, Xavier Nady was Designated for Assignment. Initially I couldn’t figure out why a team that dragged Mark Kotsay’s rotting carcass around for a full season would DFA X. But, Nady isn’t hitting (.135/.238/.405).  Why he isn’t hitting is harder to answer. He did get thrust into...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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