Veteran reliever Jerry Blevins has retired from baseball, he introduced Tuesday on Twitter (click here to learn his assertion). The left-hander had been with the Mets on a minor league contract.
Now 37 years outdated, Blevins entered the professionals as a Seventeenth-round choose of the Cubs in 2004. He by no means pitched for the Cubs, nevertheless, as they traded him to the Athletics as a part of a deal for catcher Jason Kendall in 2007. Blevins debuted within the majors that 12 months, which started a reasonably future in Oakland. He caught with the A’s by 2013 and notched ERAs starting from 2.48 to three.70 in 4 completely different seasons as a member of the membership.
Regardless of his stable manufacturing in an A’s uniform, they moved on from him heading into 2014, sending Blevins to the Nationals for outfielder Billy Burns. That proved to be the lone season in Washington for Blevins, whom the Nationals traded to the Mets for outfielder Matt den Dekker earlier than the 2015 marketing campaign.
Blevins missed virtually all of his first season as a Met due to a fractured pitching arm, however he returned to ship excellent outcomes over the subsequent two years. In a 91-inning span from 2016-17, Blevins put up a 2.87 ERA with a 30.6 % strikeout charge and a 9.9 % stroll charge. Nevertheless, Blevins couldn’t replicate that success in 2018 – his final 12 months with the Mets – after which reunited with the A’s on a minor league deal within the ensuing offseason. Oakland wound up buying and selling Blevins to Atlanta earlier than the 2019 season, which is able to go down as his closing 12 months within the majors. Though Blevins threw 32 1/3 frames of three.90 ERA ball that season, he couldn’t make it again to the bigs on a minors take care of the Giants in 2020 or with the Mets this season.
In all, Blevins appeared in elements of 13 MLB seasons and posted a 3.54 ERA with 508 strikeouts in 495 1/3 innings. Blevins was particularly powerful on lefties, whom he held to a weak .213/.270/.313 line. MLBTR congratulates Blevins on a really stable profession and desires him the most effective in his post-playing days.