Blanco Signed to Minor League Deal
The Phillies have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Blanco, 29, has played parts of six seasons with the Royals, Cubs and Rangers. He spent 2012 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but suffered a shoulder injury in Winter Ball which forced him to miss the entire 2013 season.
Blanco is a career .255 hitter with a .301 on-base percentage and .333 slugging percentage. He has spent most of his big-league career at second base and shortstop, although he has played third base and one game in the outfield.
He is the sixth non-roster invitee to big-league camp. The others are infielder Reid Brignac, right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez, and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.