Once again, lost in the shuffle of bigger news last week, the Nationals added another potential depth option on a minor league contract. The team agreed to terms last Friday with veteran infielder Andres Blanco. The 27 year old switch hitter would have been arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason, had he not been let go by the Rangers at the end of the 2011 season. He is principally a middle infielder, having split most of his playing time between second base and shortstop, but he does have some limited experience at third base as well.
Blanco has spent part of six seasons in the Majors with the Royals, Cubs, and Rangers. This past season, in Texas, he batted .224/.263/.342 in 82 plate appearances. It is unclear if he received a formal invitation to Spring Training, but it would seem logical for the team to bring him in to see if he can compete for a bench spot.