The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Andres Blanco to a minor league contract after he opted out of his minor league deal with the Nationals, according to the team. Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that despite signing Blanco, General Manager Ruben Amaro says the club is still looking for additional help in the infield:
Even after signing Andres Blanco, Phillies "still have our eyes & ears open" for another IF, Ruben Amaro says.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 31, 2012
Blanco, a 27 year-old Venezuelan and 6-year vet, has already played on three teams in his career: three years with the Kansas City Royals, one year with the Chicago Cubs, and the last two with the Texas Rangers. Blanco is a career .255 / .301 / .333 "hitter," and has barely generated a half of one Win Above Replacement (which essentially makes him a quintessential light-hitting middle infielder).
This move should provide at least some depth as the Phillies look for solutions to Chase Utley's knee injuries.