Phillies sign Andres Blanco to minor-league deal

Phillies sign Andres Blanco to minor-league deal
November 21, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Andres Blanco has not appeared in the major leagues since 2011 with Texas. (USA Today Images)

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.