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MLB: TB Rays Sign RHP Grant Balfour to 2-Year, $12 M Deal
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MLB: TB Rays Sign RHP Grant Balfour to 2-Year, $12 M Deal

Jan 23 2014, 11:39pm CST | by

The Tampa Bay Rays signed right-handed pitcher and closer Grant Balfour to a two-year, $12 million deal on Jan. 23. He returns to the team he played for from 2007-10.

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-handed pitcher Grant Balfour to a two-year, $12 million deal.  Balfour returns to the Rays, whom he played for as a setup man from 2007-10. Bill Chastain of the...

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MLB: TB Rays Sign RHP Grant Balfour to 2-Year, $12 M Deal

Jan 23 2014, 11:39pm CST | by

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The Tampa Bay Rays signed right-handed pitcher and closer Grant Balfour to a two-year, $12 million deal on Jan. 23. He returns to the team he played for from 2007-10.

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-handed pitcher Grant Balfour to a two-year, $12 million deal

Balfour returns to the Rays, whom he played for as a setup man from 2007-10. Bill Chastain of the Rays' official website confirmed the acquisition of the highly-sought, free-agent closer in his Jan. 23 article.

"Grant Balfour is returning to the Rays.

"The announcement that the hard-throwing former Rays reliever had signed a two-year, $12 million deal came Thursday afternoon at the Tampa Museum of Art.

"Balfour, 36, served as a setup man for the Rays during his previous tenure, but he will be slotted as the club's closer this time around. Earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay traded for veteran closer Heath Bell and signed Juan Carlos Ovideo (formerly known as Leo Nunez), who also is an experienced closer. Fernando Rodney closed for the team the past two seasons."

Balfour, a native of Sydney, Australia who resides in Clearwater, Fla., told Chastain going back to Tampa Bay "wasn't all about the money."

"There are other teams out there that wanted my services. Like I've said, it wasn't all about the money. I did have other offers that were higher offers. But to be here in Tampa, to play with (Rays manager Joe Maddon) and have the familiarity, and I love the area. And I love playing for the Rays. My family is here, and I love staying at home.

"I want to win a World Series. We got really close here in 2008. And I'm really hoping that here, in the next few years, that I can win one."  

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the New York Mets were one of those teams which were interested in Balfour, and were dangling a deal similar to that of the Rays, citing an ESPN New York source. 

However, he ultimately chose Tampa Bay because he resides in the area. 

The Washington Nationals were another interested suitor, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. 

On the other hand, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times writes Balfour landed once again with the Rays after a two-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles which he agreed to didn't come to fruition after they had lingering concerns about his shoulder. 

The right-handed Aussie closer "was upset," per Topkin, and his agents eventually had Rays orthopedist Koco Eaton confirm publicly that he was in tip-top shape. 

Balfour, who passed a physical with Tampa Bay this week, says so himself. He told Topkin,"I'm totally healthy, 100 percent healthy, and you'll see that when I take the field. I'm looking forward to it." 

With a healthy Balfour in tow, Rays manager proclaimed him as the team's new closer in an interview with Adam Berry of the Rays' official website on Thursday at the Tampa Museum of Art.

"We're actually going to use the C-word this year, which is very unique for me and for us. It's a radical departure. But he has earned this particular situation, this moment, this role. We're going to have a really deep bullpen. I'm looking at the names, it's really exciting." 

Among those names include Balfour, Bell, Ovideo, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Cesar Ramos, Berry notes. 

In another development, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg told The Tampa Bay Times he expects starting pitcher David Price, who is the subject of several trade rumors, to stay. 

"My expectation is that David Price will be here. None of this was done with the belief that David would or would not be here. This was done to take a baseball team that has the opportunity to be special this year and give it the best chance to be special. 

"Stuff happens, but we're not waking up every morning for the phone to ring, and we're not dialing around the league trying to make something happen." 

Balfour, a 10-year veteran who has also seen action for the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Rays and Oakland Athletics, has amassed a 28-17 record with 514 strikeouts and a 3.27 ERA, according to ESPN stats

 
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Sep 1 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner ...
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Joyce, Rays beat Red Sox to earn series split

Sep 1 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriqu ...
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7 weeks ago

Joyce, Rays beat Red Sox to earn series split

Sep 1 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Joyce, Rays beat Red Sox to earn series split

Sep 1 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Joyce, Rays beat Red Sox to earn series split

Sep 1 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriquez, who ran for Hanigan, sc ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Joyce, Rays beat Red Sox to earn series split

Sep 1 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Joyce, Rays beat Red Sox to earn series split

Sep 1 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriquez, who ran for Hanigan, scored ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

AL East Notes: Rays, Escobar, Johnson, Red Sox

Aug 31 2014 1:34pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

In his Sunday column, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes that “the key to [the Rays'] offseason flexibility might be trades” before noting that Tampa would be eager to deal either Grant Balfour or Jose Molina if they opportunity presented itself. He also speculates that names such as Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez and Jeremy Hellickson are names to watch, and he wonders whether or not Desmond Jennings and even Wil Myers will be ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Orioles use late clutch hits to defeat Rays

Aug 26 2014 9:59pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BALTIMORE — Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Caleb Joseph had two RBIs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the fading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 Tuesday night. Nelson Cruz had two hits and drove in a run for the AL East-leading Orioles, who improved to 10-4 against Tampa Bay. Baltimore relievers gave up one hit over the final 4 1-3 innings. Evan Longoria had two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost seven of 10 since reach ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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