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Kyle Blanks | First Baseman

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rangers signed 1B Kyle Blanks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
It's a split contract, carrying different salaries for his time spent in the minors and majors. Blanks was designated for assignment and then non-tendered by the A's earlier this offseason after appearing in only 26 games in 2014 due to a lingering Achilles issue. But the 6-foot-6, 265-pound first baseman was certainly worth a shot on a low-risk deal for Texas. He's had a couple nice stretches of production when healthy. Dec 15 - 12:47 PM

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A source told MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo that "a ton of teams" were showing interest in 1B/OF Kyle Blanks.

Blanks was non-tendered by the A's on Tuesday and has immediately drawn interest around the league. Cotillo didn't name specific teams, but it's clear that Blanks won't have a problem finding a new home. He slashed .309/.409/.436 in 55 ABs in 2014 before his season was cut short by tendinitis in his left Achilles. If he is able to stay healthy, his bat has a nice bit of power.
Dec 3 - 2:40 PM

Athletics non-tendered 1B/OF Kyle Blanks.

Blanks had been designated for assignment, and he's now free to sign with anyone. While he's had real trouble staying healthy, most recently dealing with nagging Achilles issues, someone will take a shot on Blanks' pop.
Dec 2 - 6:53 PM

Athletics designated 1B/OF Kyle Blanks for assignment.

Blanks was the victim of a roster crunch in the wake of Friday's deal with the Blue Jays. The 28-year-old slugger hit .309/.409/.436 in 55 at-bats between the A's and Padres in 2014 before his season was derailed by tendinitis in his left Achilles. He shouldn't have a problem finding another organization willing to give him an opportunity.
Nov 28 - 11:09 PM

Athletics activated 1B/OF Kyle Blanks from the 60-day disabled list.

The injury-prone 28-year-old was limited to 26 games this season due to tendinitis in his left Achilles, an issue that also bothered him in 2013. He hit .309/.409/.436 when healthy, but Blanks still might be non-tendered this offseason in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Oct 31 - 9:27 AM

Athletics transferred OF Kyle Blanks to the 60-day disabled list.

This is merely a procedural move to create a roster spot for Geovany Soto who was picked up in a trade from the Rangers on Sunday. Blanks remains unlikely to return before the end of the 2014 campaign.
Aug 24 - 4:41 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Kyle Blanks will be shut down for "a while" after an MRI revealed tendinitis in his left Achilles.

Blanks has been out since late June with a left calf issue, but it appears his Achilles is the bigger concern now. The 27-year-old missed a big chunk of last season with the same injury. He seems unlikely to make it back this year.
Aug 24 - 10:02 AM

Kyle Blanks (calf) will have an MRI on both his lower legs after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment.

Blanks has complained of his feet, legs and heels hurting, so he'll have an MRI to see if a source of the pain can be diagnosed. Blanks has been on the disabled list since June 23, and it's now in question whether we'll see him again this season.
Aug 22 - 7:11 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) still hasn't played a full nine innings in the field on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

Blanks has been on the disabled list since June 23 and he recently embarked on the rehab assignment, but it appears he's still got work to do to get back to Oakland. He's playing every other day, another hurdle he'll need to clear before being activated, so a return in the next week or two appears to be the most likely scenario.
Aug 13 - 6:42 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.

It's not clear which affiliate he'll be assigned to. Blanks has been sidelined since late June with a strained left calf but should return sometime next week if all goes well.
Aug 7 - 7:12 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) ran the bases on Tuesday.

It should be the last step before he's cleared for a rehab assignment, which will likely come later this week. Blanks has been sidelined since late June with a strained left calf.
Aug 5 - 6:44 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) isn't expected to begin a rehab assignment until next weekend or the following week.

Blanks' strained left calf is feeling better, but he'll need to show he can run the bases before being cleared for game action. He's been sidelined since late June.
Aug 3 - 2:42 PM

Kyle Blanks said Wednesday his injured left calf is "doing better, a lot better."

Blanks is dealing with a slight tear in the calf, and he's been on the disabled list since June 23. A's manager Bob Melvin said Blanks is nearing a rehab assignment but is still probably at least a week away. A return in mid-August appears like the most likely scenario for the 27-year-old.
Jul 23 - 6:51 PM

An MRI on Kyle Blanks' left calf has revealed a slight tear.

Blanks is eligible to return on July 8, but that won't happen. "He's gonna be a while," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. There's no timetable for Blanks' return.
Jul 4 - 2:54 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) is swinging a bat but has yet to do any running.

Blanks has been out of commission for the last week due to a strained left calf. It's not clear when he'll be allowed to do any running, but obviously that will be the biggest test to determine when he might return.
Jun 29 - 11:28 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Tomas Telis
3Chris Gimenez
4Jorge Alfaro
1B1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
3Tommy Field
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Luis Sardinas
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Jake Smolinski
2Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Michael Choice
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Ross Detwiler
6Nick Martinez
7Nick Tepesch
8Martin Perez
9Luke Jackson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Tanner Scheppers
4Robbie Ross
5Scott Baker
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Phil Klein
8Alexander Claudio
9Jon Edwards
10Lisalverto Bonilla
11Spencer Patton
12Roman Mendez
13Michael Kirkman
14Anthony Bass