Joe Blanton has retired from baseball

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that pitcher Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. Blanton had made two starts for Triple-A Sacramento in the Athletics organization, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 10 2/3 innings.

Blanton, 33, has fallen far since winning the World Series with the Phillies in 2008. Between 2009-13 with the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Blanton posted a 4.82 ERA in 736 innings. The most memorable moment of his career may have been when he hit a home run off of Edwin Jackson in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series.

Best of luck to Blanton in his post-baseball life.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.