9:57pm: Fletcher now writes that Blanton has left the Athletics' Triple-A team, but it's unclear whether he's actually retiring. 8:56pm: Longtime starting pitcher Joe Blanton has retired, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. Fletcher notes that the Angels are still on the hook for the remainder of Blanton's $7.5MM salary for 2014, plus a $1MM buyout for 2015, even though Blanton has started two games for the Athletics' Triple-A team in Sacramento this year. The Angels released Blanton in March. The Athletics drafted Blanton out of the University of Kentucky with the 24th pick in the first round...

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