Henry Blanco declines Arizona option
Updated: November 2, 2011, 3:12 PM ETAssociated Press
The Diamondbacks exercised their options on Blanco and infielder Willie Bloomquist on Monday, but both opted to become free agents. Arizona also declined options on left-hander Zach Duke and infielder Aaron Hill.
Blanco hit .250 with eight homers and 12 RBIs as Arizona's backup catcher. The 40-year-old from Venezuela served as a mentor for young All-Star catcher Miguel Montero and was a sturdy leader in the clubhouse for a team that reached the playoffs after consecutive 90-loss seasons.
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