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Friday, January 24, 2014

Rays bring in Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour, by Jim Bouton

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 ESPNNewYork.com, but Balfour chose the Rays because he lives in the area.

Balfour, a 36-year-old Australia native, went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves last season in Oakland and made the American League All-Star team. He pitched previously in Tampa Bay from 2007-10.

“We’ve had some exceptional teams,” Rays owner Stu Sternberg said. “We want to give this organization the best chance to win, and we know it’s going to cost us more than we can afford to pay.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 09:55 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: free agents, grant balfour, rays, relievers

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   1. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM (#4646038)
I'd have like the Halos to have bid on Balfour for that money. </grumble>
   2. Buck Coats Posted: January 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM (#4646053)
Seems like an odd quote from Sternberg there.
   3. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: January 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM (#4646054)
I've heard of the hometown discount, but this seems more like the Rays gave Balfour a hometown bonus!
   4. Poster Nutbag Posted: January 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4646063)
I wonder how McCann and his idea of professionalism will handle The Rage.
   5. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 24, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4646067)
This move seriously makes me happier than any other thing the Rays could have done this offseason. I love Balfour and am so glad he's back.
   6. thetailor Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM (#4646075)
So the Mets wouldn't beat what they gave to Frank Francisco, that piece of crap ticking time bomb? Because that makes sense.
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM (#4646077)
What earthly reason is there for anyone to choose the Mets over the Rays for 2014-15? Taxes? No. Chance of contention? No. I'm guessing this wasn't a hard decision for him even if he didn't live in the Tampa area.
   8. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4646084)
this seems more like the Rays gave Balfour a hometown bonus!


Weren't the Orioles going to pay him $16 million?
   9. GregD Posted: January 25, 2014 at 07:40 AM (#4646112)
no matter how often I see him play my mind will simply not slot the name Grant Balfour in as a baseball player. I looked at this and was like isn't that nice that an NHL guy is going to give a talk
   10. Bug Selig Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4646135)
The Mets extended an identical offer to Balfour, a source told ESPNNewYork.com, but Balfour chose the Rays because he lives in the area.


Yeah, I can't think of any other reasons that he might choose the Rays over the Mets.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4646149)
“We’ve had some exceptional teams,” Rays owner Stu Sternberg said. “We want to give this organization the best chance to win, and we know it’s going to cost us more than we can afford to pay.”


That's a pretty bleak way to announce the acquisition of a beloved player.

Sternberg continues: "And so, after Grant's contract ends, the Tampa Bay Rays will all disband and join other teams. It's been a good run, folks."
   12. ursus arctos Posted: January 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4646150)
The Baltimore deal was for two years and 15 million.
   13. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM (#4646191)
Just how rigorous are these Orioles physicals anyway?
   14. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4646195)
The other day they were going to sign Tyler Colvin and then didn't because of the physical.
   15. donlock Posted: January 25, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4646235)
This is not a new policy for the O's. I can sort of see their point after signing Brian Roberts for 4 years and $40 million and have him play 59, 39, 17, and 77 games over that contract. He wasn't a free agent signing and he was hurt on the job but $40 million was a big investment for a small/middle market team.

In 2015 they will have Chris Davis (again) and Matt Wieters arb-eligible and J.J. Hardy a free agent.And no, I have no idea how much money Peter Angelos makes on the Nats/O's TV deal. I don't think it is Dodger or Yankee money, though.
   16. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: January 25, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4646262)
I can sort of see their point after signing Brian Roberts for 4 years and $40 million and have him play 59, 39, 17, and 77 games over that contract.


Unless there was some troubling stuff in Roberts' physical that they chose to ignore, I'm really not seeing that this has anything to do with their point.
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 25, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4646273)
but $40 million was a big investment for a small/middle market team.

But they were a big market team before this decade plus of suckitude.
   18. donlock Posted: January 25, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4646282)
I hope that the TV deal will help the O's and Nats stay competitive over the next few years but it's worrisome with two teams sharing a somewhat restricted market. With Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh and Philly fans to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and not too many people (outside of the cities' immediate suburbs) to the south and west, the DC-Baltimore area is not huge in population or geography.

Eating millions on a contract or two can seriously restrict your future business decisions. DC was #11 (32,000 average) and Baltimore was #18 in attendance (29,000) with fairly good teams last year.Taking some of the money from the TV deal out of Angelos' pocket and giving it to DC, doesn't really change the future markets.
   19. Flynn Posted: January 25, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4646290)
Seems like an odd quote from Sternberg there.


They were last in the majors in attendance with a 92-win team that made their fourth playoff appearance in six years. I'm going to harbor a guess that Sternberg is not happy about it.
   20. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4648578)
I hope that the TV deal will help the O's and Nats stay competitive over the next few years but it's worrisome with two teams sharing a somewhat restricted market. With Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh and Philly fans to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and not too many people (outside of the cities' immediate suburbs) to the south and west, the DC-Baltimore area is not huge in population or geography.

Eating millions on a contract or two can seriously restrict your future business decisions. DC was #11 (32,000 average) and Baltimore was #18 in attendance (29,000) with fairly good teams last year. Taking some of the money from the TV deal out of Angelos' pocket and giving it to DC, doesn't really change the future markets.


Still whining about how having a team in D.C. is supposedly crippling the poor widdle Orioles, even though their decline under Angelos started years before the Nationals even showed up. Is that you Pete?

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