Blanco, Phils agree on one-year deal

Shaffer claimed off waivers; Klein released, Rollins designated for assignment

December 14th, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have their utility infielder for 2017.
Philadelphia agreed to terms on Wednesday with , who will sign a one-year, $3 million contract. Blanco, 32, hit .274 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS in 523 plate appearances over the past three seasons with the Phillies.
To make room for Blanco on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher was designated for assignment. The Phils did not have a utility infielder, specifically one who could play shortstop and second base, making the role a necessary one to fill.
Blanco has been a popular presence in the Phillies' clubhouse the past three seasons. Manager Pete Mackanin has said Blanco is the best utility man he has had in the Majors.
The Phils on Wednesday also claimed third baseman off waivers from the Mariners and released right-hander , allowing him to pursue a playing opportunity in Asia.
Shaffer is likely to be Triple-A Lehigh Valley's third baseman next season. Shaffer, 25, was designated for assignment by Seattle on Dec. 7 after being acquired from Tampa Bay in a five-player trade on Nov. 18. He hit .250 with one home run and four RBIs in 48 at-bats last season with the Rays.