11 Updates
MLB: TB Rays Sign RHP Grant Balfour to 2-Year, $12 M Deal
Photo Credit: Getty Images

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

Jan 23 2014, 11:40pm 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...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

26 weeks ago

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

Jan 23 2014, 11:40pm CST | by

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

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

 
Update
11

4 days ago

Rays beat Red Sox for ninth consecutive win

Jul 26 2014 9:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three runs and eight hits over seven innings. Before the game, the Red Sox traded ri ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
10

4 days ago

Rays beat Red Sox for ninth consecutive win

Jul 26 2014 9:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three runs an ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
9

4 days ago

Rays beat Red Sox for ninth consecutive win

Jul 26 2014 9:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three runs and eight hits o ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
8

4 days ago

Rays beat Red Sox for ninth consecutive win

Jul 26 2014 9:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
7

4 days ago

Rays beat Red Sox for ninth consecutive win

Jul 26 2014 9:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three runs and eight hits over seven innings. B ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
5

4 days ago

Rays beat Red Sox for ninth consecutive win

Jul 26 2014 9:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three runs and eight hits over seven innings. Before the game, the Red ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
4

4 days ago

Rays beat Red Sox for ninth consecutive win

Jul 26 2014 9:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn his 150th win, giving up three runs and eight hit ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
3

6 days ago

A’s designate ex-closer Johnson for assignment

Jul 24 2014 3:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros. Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s. Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job. He allowed four runs on three hits w ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
2

6 days ago

A’s designate ex-closer Johnson for assignment

Jul 24 2014 3:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros. Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s. Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job. He allowed four runs on three hits without retiring a batter in Wednesday ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
1

6 days ago

A’s designate ex-closer Johnson for assignment

Jul 24 2014 3:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros. Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s. Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job. He allowed four runs on three hits without retiring a batter in Wednesday nig ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Ishant to miss fourth Test, says Dhoni
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Thursday confirmed that India's hero in the historic win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma, who was ruled out from the third Test, will miss the crucial fourth Test at Manchester starting Aug 7.
 
 
Moeen Ali spins a web as England tie series with big win (Roundup)
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) Moeen Ali's maiden six-wicket haul in India's second innings helped England tie the five-match series 1-1, beating the visitors by 266 runs in the third cricket Test at The Rose Bowl here Thursday.
 
 
India vs England: Third Test, Day 5 scoreboard
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) The following is the final scoreboard on Day 5 of the third cricket Test between India and England at The Rose Bowl here Thursday:
 
 
Aishwarya's beehive buzzes in Glasgow (CWG Diary)
Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) The Indian touch in Glasgow is just not limited to the Games. Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's hairdo has been making waves in the Commonwealth Games fashion circuit.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

OPEC daily basket price closes lower
Vienna, July 31 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.21 a barrel Wednesday, against $105.44 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The new...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Moeen Ali spins a web as England tie series with big win (Roundup)
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) Moeen Ali's maiden six-wicket haul in India's second innings helped England tie the five-match series 1-1, beating the visitors by 266 runs in the third cricket Test at The Rose Bowl here...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ankle tag monitoring for binge drinkers in London
London, July 31 (IANS) London mayor Boris Johnson Thursday launched the first scheme in Britain that will enforce alcohol abstinence among offenders who binge drink through compulsory use of ankle tags. Aiming to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Algerians observe minute of silence in solidarity with Gaza
Algiers, July 31 (IANS) Algerian officials Thursday declared their country's solidarity with the distressed population in the Gaza Strip by observing a minute of silence, a symbolic gesture of support for Palestinians...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
India vs England: Third Test, Day 5 scoreboard
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) The following is the final scoreboard on Day 5 of the third cricket Test between India and England at The Rose Bowl here Thursday: England (first innings) 569/7 declared India (first...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ebola outbreak not a global threat: Report
London, July 31 (IANS) The deadly Ebola virus does not pose a global threat, a latest report has claimed, adding that as long as the virus continues to infect people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, there is small...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Aishwarya's beehive buzzes in Glasgow (CWG Diary)
Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) The Indian touch in Glasgow is just not limited to the Games. Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's hairdo has been making waves in the Commonwealth Games fashion circuit. Rai was here...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Robert Drew dead
Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Robert L. Drew, an award-winning director and pioneer of the cinema verite genre, is dead. He was 90. Contactmusic.com reports that his family announced that he had died Wednesday. "He had...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Social media obsession goes up when abroad: Study
London, July 31 (IANS) If posting, tweeting to tagging ourselves at different locations has become a trend, latest research says that many Britons become 16 times more addicted to social media while holidaying....
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Getting chatty with meow chat
New York, July 31 (IANS) A new chat app is on the prowl, stalking users on social networks like a cat. Meow chat is an instant messaging app that has got a relaunch with new, popular features. In the last few days,...
Read more on Ad Balla