River Cats say Joe Blanton has decided to retire

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River Cats say Joe Blanton has decided to retire
April 13, 2014, 10:30 pm

Joe Blanton was drafted by the A’s and pitched four-plus seasons with them before being traded to Philadelphia in 2008. (AP IMAGES)

SEATTLE – Right-hander Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to an announcement from the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate.

Blanton signed a minor league deal with the A’s on March 31 and was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento. He posted a 5.06 ERA over two starts, and on Sunday night the River Cats announced on their Twitter feed that Blanton, 33, has retired.

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Blanton was drafted by the A’s and pitched four-plus seasons with them before being traded to Philadelphia in 2008. Upon his recent signing, it appeared Blanton could provide depth for a rotation that lost Jarrod Parker to a season-ending elbow injury and will be without A.J. Griffin for an undetermined amount of time.

In other news, the A’s acquired minor league catcher Blake Forsythe from the New York Mets for future considerations. Forsythe can provide depth after Stephen Vogt suffered a strained oblique while playing for Sacramento.

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