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...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles haven’t told Tommy Hunter if he’s the closer

When the Baltimore Orioles traded away Jim Johnson this past offseason and opted not to sign Grant Balfour after a failed physical, it was widely assumed that Tommy Hunter would be thrust into the closer role. But with just hours until the 2014 Major League Baseball season kicks off, Hunter hasn’t been informed of his closing status yet. Hunter said he hasn’t been told...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

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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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Longoria homers, Balfour perfect, Rays top Twins

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Grant Balfour was perfect in his first appearance in a Tampa Bay uniform since 2010, helping the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Sunday. Jerry Sands also homered for the Rays, who got a quick third inning from Balfour, as well as 1 2/3 scoreless innings from starter Alex Cobb. Offseason acquisition Ricky Nolasco...
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March 02, 2014  |  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...
Via FatManWriting
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour has a truck big enough to tow Noah’s Ark

Hey Grant Balfour, I don’t think your truck is quite big enough. Maybe next time you can get something that you might actually be able to haul a few loads with. I mean it only has four wheels? That’s it? Weak sauce, man. And if you’re able to clear a freeway bridge in it, then […]
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Grant Balfour’s truck is ready for the zombie apocalypse

I'm not saying that Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Grant Balfour is a prepper, but judging from his massive truck, he is ready for the zombie apocalypse.
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February 19, 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

After odd offseason, Grant Balfour back with Rays and ready to work

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- One team's red flag is another's chance. In this case, the Baltimore Orioles' loss could be the Tampa Bay Rays' reward. Closer Grant Balfour, 36, had a strange offseason, one that zigged when he expected a zag. He appeared bound for Camden Yards after signing a two-year, $15 million contract in December -- his would-be new home after spending...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles Do Something, Land Suk-min Yoon

For the Orioles it’s been an offseason of mostly quiet contemplation, interrupted only by brief attempted dalliances with Grant Balfour and Tyler Colvin. At last, though, they are stirring again, reaching a three-year agreement with Korean righty Suk-min Yoon worth a reported $5.75 million. The contract, like the others were, is pending a physical, so […]
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February 13, 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

Grant Balfour Returns To Rays With Two-Year Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays and closer Grant Balfour have been reunited – the Aussie agreed to a two-year deal worth $12 million on Thursday. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times breaks down the financials: Heard the breakdown on Balfour deal with #Rays is $5M in 2014, $7M in 2015 — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) January 23, 2014 The news came after a handful of weeks had passed since the...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Make Play for Closer - Fall Short on Balfour

Several sources are reporting that the Mets offered Grant Balfour a two year deal exceeding $12M, but the former A's closer opted to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays instead.  While losing out on one of the remaining quality free agent arms for the bullpen is disappointing, it does signal a willingness on the Mets part to spend more than $90M in payroll for the 2014 season.  That...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour Rejoins the Tampa Bay Rays

Grant Balfour proved you can go home again. The relief pitcher known for his rage on the mound has found a new home that is the same as his old home. The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with free agent closer Brant Balfour. #Rays deal with Balfour is 2 years, $12-million — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) January 23, 2014 Balfour, 36, played for the Rays from...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Balfour Signs with Tampa

After the debacle with the Orioles, closer Grant Balfour has found a new home … in the American League East. Yes, he has rejoined the Tampa Bay Rays as their ninth-inning guy. From Free-agent closer Grant Balfour reached agreement on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The Mets extended an identical offer to Balfour, a source told...
Via Oriole Post
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays ink Grant Balfour to two-year, $12M deal

The deal is now official, which means that Balfour has passed his physical. The Orioles nixed a two-year, $15 million deal with Balfour back in December over some health concerns (reportedly due to his wrist and knee), but he has landed in a good situation in his return to Tampa Bay, where he'll have a clear path at the closer role and a chance to contend. The 36-year-old had...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 23, 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

When The Answers Suck, Change The Question

Reliever Grant Balfour has returned to the Tampa Bay Rays on a two year $12 million deal. Why do we care? We care because according to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets, out of nowhere, made an offer to Balfour that was reportedly better than what the Rays are going to wind up paying him. A Mets official took time out from trashing former Mets for various indiscretions to deny this report...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour Gets a New New Home

It both makes a lot of sense and it doesn’t. Grant Balfour is good, and the Rays have signed him for two years and $12 million. You’ll recall that’s $3 million less than it looked like he would be getting earlier in the offseason. That’s the sensible bit. This is the more confusing bit: There’s […]
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour returns to Rays on two-year, $12 million deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have, somewhat shockingly, brought back former closer Grant Balfour on a two-year contract worth a reported $12 million. Balfour has been with the Athletics over the last three seasons, joining Oakland from the Rays, who he played for from the second half of the 2007 season to 2010. The 36-year old Balfour reached a two-year, $15 million agreement with the...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Bring Back Grant Balfour for Two Years, $12 million

Tampa Bay has been quietly making moves this offseason, adding Heath Bell and Ryan Hanigan in December and adding Logan Forsythe yesterday from San Diego. After reaching an agreement with Grant Balfour they presumedly have added a new closer. Balfour, who was previously signed by the Baltimore Orioles for $3 million more, had his contract voided due to a bad physical with controversy...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays sign Grant Balfour to two-year deal

Reliever Grant Balfour has agreed to a two-year deal from the Tampa Bay Rays worth $12 million according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Balfour was said to have reached an agreement with the Baltimore Orioles earlier this offseason which was worth $15 million but the team had concerns about his knee. Balfour pitched in 65 games notching 38 saves with a 2.59 ERA and a 1.20...
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles concerned with Tyler Colvin's physical, similar to Grant Balfour situation

As a standard practice, when a player signs with or gets traded to a new team, he has a physical performed. Normally, no problems arise, and the transaction becomes official. For the Baltimore Orioles, though, this offseason has not gone the typical way. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted Wednesday afternoon that the Orioles are concerned with the results of 1B/OF Tyler Colvin'...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles take issue with results of Tyler Colvin’s physical

The Orioles found themselves in a bit of controversy last month when they backed out of a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent reliever Grant Balfour. Balfour had a four-year-long streak with at least 55 innings pitched and a sub-2.60 ERA, but the O’s claimed they were concerned over his wrist and knee (which required surgery last February) — not his surgically-repaired...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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