Catcher Blanco, Pads agree

Updated: January 21, 2009, 10:45 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The Padres reached an agreement on a one-year, $750,000 deal with catcher Henry Blanco on Wednesday.

San Diego had been in negotiations with Blanco and veteran Brad Ausmus, but began focusing on Blanco on Wednesday morning, because of his strong defense and power.

Blanco mentored Geovany Soto in Chicago with the Cubs, and he will do the same for Nick Hundley with the Padres in 2009.

Blanco, 37, hit .292. with three homers and 12 RBIs for the Cubs in 2008.

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