The Milwaukee Brewers reunited with a familiar face earlier this afternoon, announcing the signing of infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract. As part of the deal, Blanco gets an invite to big league camp at Spring Training.
INF Andrés Blanco has been signed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp. pic.twitter.com/n78S8nSBr8— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) January 31, 2020
Blanco, 35, spent 2018 with Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate during the final season of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. That year he appeared in 96 games and accrued 357 plate appearances, batting .271/.362/.435 with nine home runs for a 111 wRC+. He joined the Braves organization in 2019 and took advantage of the juiced baseball in Triple-A, clubbing a career-best 19 home runs with a 109 wRC+ in 530 plate appearances for Gwinnett of the International League.
Of course, the switch-hitting Blanco has also appeared in parts of 10 MLB campaigns since debuting at the game’s highest level back in 2004. Over the years he’s seen action in 536 games with the Royals, Cubs, Rangers, and Phillies and owns a .256/.310/.378 slash line (82 wRC+) with 18 dingers in 1,321 plate appearances. He brings to the table a significant amount of experience at every position on the infield, including shortstop. He figures to get a legitimate shot at earning a spot on the team in Spring Training with Luis Urias now on the shelf.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs