Blanco quickly re-signs with Diamondbacks



PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have re-signed catcher Henry Blanco to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2013.

The deal was announced Thursday.

Blanco declined a $1.15 million mutual option for 2012 on Tuesday, a day after the team exercised its end.

He hit .250 with eight homers and 12 RBIs as Arizona’s backup catcher last season. 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 won the NL West after consecutive 90-loss seasons.