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Blue Jays sign catcher Henry Blanco to one-year deal

Philadelphia Phillies baserunner Chase Utley slides safely into home plate under the tag of Chicago Cubs catcher Henry Blanco in the fifth inning of their National League baseball game in Chicago, Illinois August 29, 2008.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran catcher Henry Blanco to a one-year contract.

The club announced Friday that the deal is non-guaranteed and worth US$750,000.

The 41-year-old played in 21 games for Arizona last season, posting a .188 average with one home run and seven RBIs, before a ligament tear in his left thumb ended his season in August.

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Blanco has played in 15 major league seasons, posting a .227 average with 69 home runs and 284 RBIs with the Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, Braves, Cubs, Padres, Mets and Diamondbacks.

Left-hander Tommy Hottovy has been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

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