I’ve been asking myself this question and it appears like it’s on other people’s minds too. Why didn’t the Cubs try to re-sign Henry Blanco to a 1-year deal? Blanco is one of the best defensive catchers in the game still, and he has been an invaluable mentor to Geovany Soto over the course of the last 2 years. The intangible with Blanco as a reserve catcher are almost irreplaceable.
It appears that the answer is a similar answer to the one we’ve received on other moves made by Cubs GM Jim Hendry this off-season. Bako is a left-handed hitter and Blanco is not. Money could not have been the reason – the San Diego Padres signed Blanco for $750,000 for the 2009 MLB season, while the Cubs are paying Bako $725,000 for the year.
I think Bako is a huge step down from Blanco. Let’s just hope it doesn’t stunt Soto’s continued growth or the growth of some of the young, talented pitchers that the Cubs have at their disposal.
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