A shaky outing for Oakland A’s new closer Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson During the offseason, the Oakland A’s acquired former Baltimore Oriole and closer Jim Johnson to replace the 2013 closer Grant Balfour. To say Athletics nation was extremely excited about this acquisition would be an understatement. Even though Johnson cost the A’s more money than Balfour, it seemed like a major upgrade. Johnson led the AL in saves in 2013 and in...
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The great draft debate: Jim Johnson vs. Grant Balfour after changing of the A’s guard

Jim Johnson and Grant Balfour make for good comparison because they are being drafted within the same range of one another and because they nearly swapped teams this offseason before the Orioles, in their binge of uncontrollable failed physicals, kaiboshed the Balfour to Maryland deal.Nevertheless, they are two of the game’s save leaders from 2013 and each finds themselves in a...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Rays Pitcher Grant Balfour Drives a Rather Unique Truck to Spring Training

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Grant Balfour drove--this 'thing' to spring training. I hesitate to call it a truck, because it looks more like a tank with wheels than a truck. Why on Earth someone would want to drive something like this is a mystery. It must be because he wants to spend most of his $4.5 million salary this season on gas--but if he wants to take the whole pitching...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nope, nothing ostentatious, gaudy or showy about Grant Balfour’s behemoth truck (pic)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Grant Balfour rolled into Spring Training in the above truck. Yep, it’s extremely large. And ridiculous, over the top, extravagant, pretentious or whatever synonym for ostentatious you want to throw in there. Why on God’s Green Earth would Balfour ever need such a ginormous vehicle? Is he planning some kind of […]The post Nope, nothing ostentatious, gaudy...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Grant Balfour brings massive truck to spring training

One more reason not to mess with Grant Balfour: this is his truck.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 19, 2014The picture you see above is a shot of the truck 36-year-old reliever Grant Balfour is rolling around with during spring training.As you can see, the vehicle is absolutely massive, ridiculous, mind-boggling, and all of the above.Just look...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays sign Grant Balfour

The Tampa Bay Rays have answered the question as to who will be their ninth inning man for 2014.  On Thursday afternoon, the Rays signed Grant Balfour to a two-year deal worth $12 million. Balfour pitched for the Rays for three seasons as a setup man, and was part of the 2008 squad that lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.  Balfour moved on to the Oakland Athletics...
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays sign RHP Balfour to 2-year, $12 million deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander pitcher Grant Balfour to a 2-year, $12 million deal. Team owner Stu Sternberg announced the deal on Thursday. He says it is a significant move for the budget-minded Rays, noting, ''We've had some exceptional teams. We want to give this organization the best chance to win, and we know it's going to cost us more than we can...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees show interest in Grant Balfour after deal falls through

The Grant Balfour saga just got even more interesting. The Yankees have shown interest in Balfour, whose two-year deal with the Orioles fell apart over health concerns, according to the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. Balfour was expected to join the Orioles on a two-year, $15 million contract, but the deal fell through when Baltimore team doctors expressed concern over the right...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Rumor: There are four teams interested in closer Grant Balfour

It appeared that Grant Balfour found his new team earlier this week, but his deal with the Baltimore Orioles fell through. Now, the veteran right-hander tells Jim Duquette of The MLB Network that four teams are interested in his services while he has one offer on the table. The Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays are all teams...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour ticked off about Orioles deal falling through

Former A’s closer and borderline lunatic Grant Balfour agreed to terms with the Orioles on a two-year, $15 million deal to become their new closer a few days ago. Hopefully he didn’t already go out and blow all of that by buying his own a private island. The Orioles announced today that they are backing out of the deal. Indications are that the Orioles were unimpressed with...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

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