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Rotowire: Feb 10 / 1:18p ET
News: Blanks has been making strides in his recovery from a left Achilles issue, FOX Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: The Rangers want Blanks to concentrate on his health, so they'll keep him out of the left-field mix early in sprig training and instead limit him to first base and DH. Blanks is a .244/.342/.409 career hitter against left-handed pitching but will need to prove the Achilles issue is behind him to have a chance at a short-end platoon role.
StatsLLC: Dec 16 / 12:00a ET
News: The Rangers announced the signing of Blanks on Tuesday.
Impact: The two parties agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Rotowire: Dec 15 / 10:21a ET
News: Blanks has agreed to a split contract with the Rangers, Chris Cotillo reports.
Impact: If Blanks can recover in time for spring training, he could have a shot at making the major-league club with a strong showing. The 28-year-old hit well in a small sample last season, but with a regression-alert .395 BABIP. He should show some good power, but way too many strikeouts to reach a batting average viable for an everyday player at first base or designated hitter.