Blanco batted .266 in 74 games last season. He served as a
backup to Michael Barrett and filled in when Barrett missed most of
the last month after being hit in the groin with a foul tip.
Blanco spent the last two seasons with the Cubs and is known for
his defense. He has thrown out 41.4 percent of runners attempting
to steal during his career, second among active catchers to
Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez.
Blanco gets a $750,000 signing bonus, $1.4 million next year and
$2.8 million in 2008. The Cubs have a $3 million option for 2009
with a $300,000 buyout. The option would become guaranteed if he
meets certain performance levels, and the price of the option could
escalate to as high as $4.5 million.