Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Dugout  |  Last updated 3/20/12

With the news that Grant Balfour has been officially named the A’s closer to start the season, we decided to take a look at our top 30 fantasy baseball relievers for 2012 and make sure he is included.

Balfour breaks our top 30 at no. 28, which means you can probably still get him on the wire AFTER your draft. Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard falls out of our top 30 because Balfour enters the list. If you follow our draft strategy of cornering your relief pitcher marketplace and carrying at least three closers, Balfour might be worth a last round flier even in small mixed leagues. Hard to recommend drafting him any earlier than that, though.

With Brian Fuentes in the mix in Oakland, it’s going to be tough for Balfour to have the position locked down. At least Oakland isn’t a closer by committee situation (for now).

In 2011, Balfour logged two saves and went 5-2 with 59 strikeouts, a 2.47 ERA, and a 1.03 WHIP in 62 innings of work.

To check out our full ranking of the top 30 relievers for 2012 fantasy baseball, click here.

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