Several reasons led to Blanco's departure

March, 27, 2010
3/27/10
4:53
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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There were a number of reasons why the Cubs traded Andres Blanco to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later on Saturday afternoon.
General manager Jim Hendry filled in some of those blanks.

“He was out of options; he couldn’t go back to the minor leagues,” Hendry said. “We felt like he wouldn’t have gone through waivers and cleared, and even if he did, he would have been able to elect free agency, since he’s been outrighted before. At least this way, we can get a player to be named later or cash considerations.”

The Cubs decided earlier in the week that second baseman Mike Fontenot would be able to sufficiently back up shortstop Ryan Theriot. That decision made Blanco expendable, which also opened up a spot on the roster for either Kevin Millar or Chad Tracy to take. A decision on the other bench players, including Millar and Tracy will come sometime Tuesday, according to manager Lou Piniella.

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Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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