Gregor Blanco Signs Minor League Deal with Rival Diamondbacks


Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks with an invitation to spring training.

Gregor Blanco spent five seasons with the San Francisco Giants where he helped them win the World Series in both 2012 and 2014.

According to his agent, Wil Polidor, Blanco will receive a base salary of $1 million if he makes the major league roster in 2017.

In his five seasons with the San Francisco Giants he hit .259 with a .338 on-base-percentage in 2,054 plate appearances. He also scored 244 runs, hit 19 home runs, drove in 157 and stole 75 bases.

In 37 postseason games with the Giants, Blanco hit just .183 with a .287 on-base-percentage, but he also scored 21 runs in those games and hit a couple of home runs.

In his first three seasons with the San Francisco Giants he played in at least 141 games, but his role had declined the past two seasons.

Throughout his career he’s given the Giants solid production at the plate, and tremendous production in the outfield.

Here is a look at Gregor Blanco’s career highlights with the Giants.

He came up in the Atlanta Braves organization and spent two and half seasons with the big club in Atlanta before being traded to the Kansas City Royals.

While with the Royals he felt he was slighted after having proven himself at the big league level. He then signed with the Giants before the 2012 season, and the World Series win over the Royals in 2014 was even sweeter for Blanco.

He was someone the Giants fans loved because he always gave you 110 percent, and he was very reliable when Angel Pagan kept going down with injuries.

It was definitely time for the San Francisco Giants to move on from the 32-year-old Blanco, but we definitely appreciate the time he spent with the Giants.

Back in October Blanco posted a classy Instagram post thanking the Giants for his time in San Francisco.

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Well, we thank you too Blanco; although I’m sorry you had to go to the Diamondbacks.