Discussion: Hank Blalock

Older players are feeling the crunch these days, especially if they're one dimensional. Teams just aren't willing to pay big bucks for declining players, regardless of how notable they are or how good of a fit they may be. However some younger players are feeling it too; if they want a big league contract they better be able to do several things well.

Two-time All Star Hank Blalock sits here on February 8th without a job, despite hitting 25 homers last season and averaging 27 bombs per 162 games played for his career. The problem is that Blalock doesn't get on base well (.277 OBP in 2009, .329 career), isn't very good in the field at either first or third, and has dealt with major shoulder injuries in recent seasons. His value comes from his ability to occasionally make pitchers pay when they make a mistake.

At this point, Blalock's probably looking at a minor league deal, however his significant platoon split might be enough to land him a gig as a the lefty-half of a first base platoon somewhere. All it takes is an injury in Spring Training, after all.

Do you see any possible fits for Blalock, maybe as a platoon player or a bat off the bench for an NL team? The pickin's are slim this far into the offseason…


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76 Comments on "Discussion: Hank Blalock"


rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

I dont know if Blalock will be signed for awhile. Likely Delgado and Jacobs will be signed first.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

I dont know if Blalock will be signed for awhile. Likely Delgado and Jacobs will be signed first.

sajjushah
5 years 6 months ago

The Dodgers could definitely use some pop off the bench.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

The Dodgers are a really good fit. They have right handed OFers and MIs on the bench but don’t have any real LH CI or PH types. Blalock would give them some flexibility at both 1B and 3B and would be a legit lefty power threat off the bench in PH situations.

Tommy_Blackjack
5 years 6 months ago

That could be possible depending on how Brain Giles does in ST. If he can still hit and play somewhat, he’ll be our lefty power bat off the bench.

sajjushah
5 years 6 months ago

The Dodgers could definitely use some pop off the bench.

GravediggerHebnerTRDMB
5 years 6 months ago

Sunday corner IF for the Indians?

GravediggerHebnerTRDMB
5 years 6 months ago

Sunday corner IF for the Indians?

5 years 6 months ago

I can see Kenny Williams picking him up.

Nicolas_C
5 years 6 months ago

Absolutely not. At least he’d better not

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

he really wouldnt be that bad on the wsox….think about it considering there is a roster spot open due to the Dh thing the wsox have going on…He could be the lefty spell of PK and if he actually gets things going in the field could be the 1st basemen for some time on the wsox..it gives them a very good power hitting lefty to platoon as DH, 1st and 3rd having him and nix and jones on the bench(if he is not starting in the field or DHin) would give us some good pop on the bench…also it works becuase kenny clearly likes taking guys from the rangers this season in omar and jones

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

although he will more than likely get a minor league offer some where i as a chisox fan would not be against a hank signing

Nicolas_C
5 years 6 months ago

Absolutely not. At least he’d better not

5 years 6 months ago

I can see Kenny Williams picking him up.

redsandyanksfan
5 years 6 months ago

reds maybe? give votto a day off and rolen when (hopefully not) hits the dl?

redsandyanksfan
5 years 6 months ago

reds maybe? give votto a day off and rolen when (hopefully not) hits the dl?

yankees4ever
5 years 6 months ago

im feeling the mets if they end up missing on delgado

yankees4ever
5 years 6 months ago

im feeling the mets if they end up missing on delgado

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Padres or Mets.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Padres or Mets.

5 years 6 months ago

yeah…5th starter for the mets sounds about right.

5 years 6 months ago

yeah…5th starter for the mets sounds about right.

5 years 6 months ago

Sounds like it’s time for the player’s union to push for expansion so more of these players have jobs. I would really like to see a team in Brooklyn to dilute the Yankees fanbase. Call them Da Bums.

Also, seeing guys like this should help Edgar Martinez’s push for the HOF. Not just anybody can play for years just because they are a DH. They have to have skills. OPSing 1.002 at age 37 is not an easy task.

5 years 6 months ago

Diluting the Yankee fan base isn’t going to do anything.

5 years 6 months ago

There are 29 other teams not diluting the Yankees fan base. Winning and tradition go a long way and an expansion team isn’t going to change that.

5 years 6 months ago

Diluting the Yankee fan base isn’t going to do anything.

markjsunz
5 years 6 months ago

Baseball has had major expansion over the last 50 years, and the answer to a team in Brooklyn is the Mets. Expansion has already diluted the quality of the major league game and there are teams that do not draw well that would have 1st. shot at emerging markets. I am not sure how many other big cities there are that can support a baseball team.

5 years 6 months ago

Sounds like it’s time for the player’s union to push for expansion so more of these players have jobs. I would really like to see a team in Brooklyn to dilute the Yankees fanbase. Call them Da Bums.

Also, seeing guys like this should help Edgar Martinez’s push for the HOF. Not just anybody can play for years just because they are a DH. They have to have skills. OPSing 1.002 at age 37 is not an easy task.

5 years 6 months ago

Maybe the Cardinals? Could be a cheap alternative to getting Lopez. Also a backup plan for Freese.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

Makes more sense to platoon with freese

Admiralchad
5 years 6 months ago

Makes sense- left handed power bat off the bench to backup freese at third and even spell Pujols at first. Even El Hombre needs a day off once in a while. And theres no harm in signing him to a minor league deal for $500K.

luchetti03
5 years 6 months ago

I like him to get quite a bit of time at 3B, spell Pujols at 1B and knowing LaRussa he would probably see time in LF. I am not sure he is any less reliable than Freese or Mather at any of the mentioned positions. I would love for him to be in St. L! GO BIRDS!

5 years 6 months ago

Maybe the Cardinals? Could be a cheap alternative to getting Lopez. Also a backup plan for Freese.