Following the trade for 2012′s National League Cy Young – R.A. Dickey, the Blue Jays were left short at the Catching position having unloaded their top prospect in Travis d’Arnaud.
With J.P. Arencibia as their No.1 and Dickey’s personal catcher in Josh Thole backing him up, Toronto had only 1 MLB ready catcher in their farm system coming in the form of Vancouver’s own Mike Nickeas.
Should one of Toronto’s Catchers fall victim to injury in 2013, the team could find itself exposed to a major weakness as they make a run at their first playoff berth since 1993.
In an attempt to shore up the position, Toronto signed 41 year old journeyman Henry Blanco to a 1 year $750 000 MLB contract for 2013.
Blanco, a career .227/.291/.367 hitter comes with the pedigree of being a superior game caller behind the dish who has also shown flashes of power during his 15 year MLB career while providing his team with steady defense.
* It’s worth noting that Blanco ranks 15th all-time among MLB Catchers in Fielding Percentage with a career .994 marker.
With A.J. Jimenez coming off of Tommy John Surgery in 2013, Toronto is left thin in Catching depth and although Blanco will not fix the issue, he will buy the team some time as they look for other options in the future.
In the meantime, introduce yourself to Joel Galarraga…