Blanco, 32, has spent the last three years with the Phils and has been a solid contributor. Over those three seasons he’s hitting .274/.337/.457 with 12 home runs, 42 doubles and 49 runs batted in.
Known as “Whitey” by his teammates – who have looked to him as a veteran leader – Blanco will likely slot right back into the utility infielder spot in 2017. With that, he’ll have to be added to the 40-man roster, which currently is full.
The Phils recently signed fellow infielders Pedro Florimon and Hector Gomez to minor league contracts; the utility men were previously expected to compete with prospect Jesmuel Valentin for a bench spot.