The Phillies continued to stockpile back-end roster depth on Thursday by signing 29-year-old utility infielder Andres Blanco to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.
Blanco, a middle infielder by trade, has hit .255/.301/.333 in six major-league seasons with the Royals, Cubs and Rangers. He's played second base, shortstop, third and right field.
Blanco spent 2012 at Triple A Lehigh Valley, hitting .235 with a .648 OPS in 120 games. He did not play in 2013.
Blanco is the fifth player in the last two weeks the Phillies have given a minor-league deal with an invite to camp. They also signed infielder Reid Brignac, outfielder Clete Thomas and relievers Shawn Camp and Cesar Jimenez.
The switch-hitting Blanco could compete in spring training for a utility spot with Freddy Galvis and Reid Brignac.