Backup Blanco returns to Cubs with two-year deal
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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press