After a one-year hiatus from San Francisco, it appears as if former Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco, who made the announcement on Instagram, is returning to the Bay Area. Shortly after, it was confirmed by the Bay Area News Group’s Kerry Crowley that the Giants did come to terms with the 34-year-old outfielder on a minor league contract.
Another great opportunity 💪🏻🙏🙏 thanks again to @sfgiants I’m so happy and excited it to see everyone again in tht clubhouse and to see all the fans and to dream together to finish on top again I do believe I always do thanks again my family and I are really happy to be a giant again .!🙏🦈💪🏻⚾️#whiteshark so excited 🤗🤗🤗
In 90 games played for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, Blanco put up a .246/.337/.357 slash line with three home runs and 15 stolen bases. His one-year stint with the Diamondbacks came at the end of a nine-year stretch with the Giants, where he enjoyed the most success of his career.
From 2012-2016, Blanco batted .259, his best coming in 2015 when he batted .291, along with 19 home runs and 75 stolen bases. Blanco helped the Giants to their World Series titles in 2012 and 2014, and in his first year in San Francisco, he made an incredible play that preserved Matt Cain’s perfect game in 2012.
Whether or not Blanco ends up earning a spot on San Francisco’s roster in 2018, the Giants could benefit from his experience and familiarity with AT&T Park’s centerfield. Despite signing Austin Jackson, the Giants are still in need of deepening their outfield this offseason and Blanco played 275 games in centerfield during his time in San Francisco.