Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:29:30 -0700
The Seattle Mariners designated C Henry Blanco for assignment Tuesday, Oct. 8, and claimed OF Travis Witherspoon off waivers in a corresponding move.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:18:09 -0700
The Seattle Mariners will sign free-agent C Humberto Quintero (Phillies) to take the roster spot of C Mike Zunino (hand).
Fantasy Tip: It was initially believed that Jason Jaramillo would come up from the minors to provide catching help, but that's not the case now. Quintero should split duties with Henry Blanco behind the dish.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:51:02 -0700
The Seattle Mariners will bring up C Jason Jaramillo from Triple-A Tacoma to take the roster spot of C Mike Zunino (hand).
Fantasy Tip: Jaramillo will likely split the catching duties with Henry Blanco. Of the two, it's unclear who will be playing more often, but Jaramillo should be your first target if you're desperate for a catcher in AL leagues or cavernous deep mixed universes.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:36:47 -0700
The Seattle Mariners placed C Mike Zunino (hand) on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand Friday, July 26. Zunino will have surgery on his hand and miss six weeks.
Fantasy Tip: It's unclear what the corresponding move is for Zunino. Right now, Henry Blanco appears to be the beneficiary of playing time thanks to Zunino's injury. Blanco should only be considered for the desperate in AL-only formats. Zunino probably won't be back this season.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:01:12 -0700
The Seattle Mariners have designated C Kelly Shoppach for assignment and signed C Henry Blanco.
Fantasy Tip: Shoppach should catch on elsewhere. Neither he nor Blanco would be worth anything more than a boring second backstop in a single-universe format. This makes it seem that Mike Zunino has a long leash for the near future.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:27:22 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays have released C Henry Blanco.
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:24:36 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled 3B Andy LaRoche and C Josh Thole from the minors Friday, June 7, and designated C Henry Blanco for assignment in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: LaRoche and Thole will serve as depth and should only be considered in deep AL-only formats.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:13:57 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Henry Blanco will catch SP R.A. Dickey's next start Sunday, April 7, instead of C J.P. Arencibia, but manager John Gibbons just wants to give Blanco his first start of the season. Gibbons wants to stick with his plan of having two catchers share Dickey's starts.
Fantasy Tip: Arencibia's three passed balls yesterday probably didn't do him any favors, but it shouldn't drastically reduce his playing time enough to hurt his fantasy value.
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:22:30 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia will start opening day and catch SP R.A. Dickey. He will share catching duties with C Henry Blanco during the season when it's Dickey's turn to pitch. Manager John Gibbons has been impressed with Arencibia when he has caught Dickey this spring.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't really change Arencibia's value at all. He's best suited as a second catcher in two-catcher formats.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:45:15 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ and C Josh Thole are expected to start the season in the minors. Happ figures to draw significant trade interest, but Toronto thinks he has value starting or relieving at Class AAA, according to a major league executive familiar with the team's plans. C Henry Blanco has the edge as the backup catcher, but the team thinks Thole will be valuable over the next few years.