MLB

Tampa Bay Rays
Career W-L
30-23
 
Career ERA
3.46
Name  Grant Balfour
Born  12/30/1977
Height  6-2
Weight  200
Number  50
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
Cold6/9/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Grant Balfour "absolutely" is still the closer, but after another horrible outing he announced on Monday morning that the position was now a "closer-by-committee."
Insight: Balfour allowed five runs on Sunday to raise his ERA to an ugly 6.46 and a WHIP of 1.65. Jake McGee, Juan Carlos Oviedo and Joel Peralta are possible options.
 
Cold5/16/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Grant Balfour "absolutely" is still the closer, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Another day, another vote of confidence from a manager for a closer. Balfour allowed three runs without getting an out in the ninth inning Thursday and has a 6.46 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP and a terrible 11/14 K/BB in 15 1/3 innings this season.
 
5/14/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Rays closer Grant Balfour threw a perfect ninth inning Wednesday at Seattle for his seventh save in eight chances this season.
Insight: Balfour has an alarming 11/12 K/BB in 15 1/3 innings to go with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP, though five of his eight earned runs came in one appearance.
 
1/23/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Closer Grant Balfour has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Balfour saved a career-high 38 games for Oakland last season and has posted a sub-2.60 ERA in four straight seasons. The Rays have a solid back end with Balfour, Joel Peralta and Heath Bell.
 
12/20/2013 8:45:00 PM
Description: The Orioles' two-year deal with closer Grant Balfour has fallen through due to medical concerns, but the right-hander claims he is "100 percent fine," according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Balfour saved a career-high 38 games with the Athletics last season and has posted a sub-2.60 ERA in four straight seasons. The O's signed him to close after trading Jim Johnson to Balfour's old team in Oakland, but they backed out.
 
12/19/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Closer Grant Balfour's two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is in "serious jeopardy" due to issues with his physical. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports the issue is with Balfour's right shoulder. He had surgery for a rotator cuff and labrum tear in September 2005 but hasn't had problems since.
Insight: Balfour saved a career-high 38 games with the Athletics last season and has posted a sub-2.60 ERA in four straight seasons. Baltimore signed him to close after trading Jim Johnson to Balfour's old team in Oakland.
 
12/17/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: Closer Grant Balfour is headed to Baltimore on a two-year, $15 million deal. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: It's a great signing for the O's, who recently parted ways with Jim Johnson (traded to Oakland). Balfour is a fan favorite and also a consistent fantasy contributor with 20+ saves in each of his last two seasons. He's worth drafting in mixed and AL-only leagues.
 
9/7/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: A's closer Grant Balfour threw 37 pitched on Friday night and manager Bob Melvin says he won't be used Saturday for sure and possibly Sunday as well.
Insight: Balfour is an All-Star who has posted a 0-3 record this season with 37 saves, a 2.59 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He's blown just two save attempts all year.
 
7/14/2013 4:34:00 PM
Description: A's ninth inning man Grant Balfour has been elected to the AL All-Star team.
Insight: Balfour was named as a replacement for Bartolo Colon, who is pitching Sunday against the Red Sox. The righthander has converted a team-record 43 saves in a row dating back to last season.
 
Hot7/8/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Grant Balfour set a team record by recording his 41st save in a row Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: The old record was set by Dennis Eckersley between 1991-92. Balfour's ERA during the streak is 1.93. The 35-year-old from Australia might be this season's biggest All-Star snub.
 
3/21/2013 8:32:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Grant Balfour (knee) had a successful spring debut Thursday, throwing a perfect inning.
Insight: Balfour is on track in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He should be ready for Opening Day.
 
3/12/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Grant Balfour (knee) is looking to make his spring training debut by Monday.
Insight: Balfour is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus but he is on track to be ready for Opening Day.
 
3/6/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Grant Balfour (knee) threw 40 pitches off a bullpen mound Wednesday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Balfour is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus but he is on track to be ready for Opening Day.
 
2/28/2013 12:37:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Grant Balfour (knee) threw off flat ground Wednesday afternoon, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee.
Insight: Balfour is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus but he is getting closer to throwing off a mound. He's ahead of schedule and should be ready for Opening Day.
 
2/19/2013 6:16:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Grant Balfour (knee) played catch Tuesday for the first time since having surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week. He said he "feels great" after throwing. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: The initial timeline for Balfour was 4-6 weeks. If he misses six weeks it would still put him on track to be ready for the season opener.
 
2/14/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Athletics right-hander Grant Balfour will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: The procedure could cause Oakland's closer to miss the start of the regular season, in which case Ryan Cook would presumably handle save situations.
 
5/1/2012 10:47:00 PM
Description: Grant Balfour was pulled from the game Tuesday after allowing three hits and two runs to open up the ninth inning. He was replaced by Jordan Norberto, who finished the game for his first major league save.
Insight: Balfour has blown two out of his last three save chances and he was on the verge of blowing this one as well. He was clearly frustrated after this outing, yelling and throwing equipment in the dugout after he was taken out. If Balfour isn't able to shake off these past few outings and pitch better, he could easily lose his position as Oakland's closer.
 
3/29/2012 10:22:00 AM
Description: Grant Balfour picked up his first save of the season on Thursday as Oakland knocked off Seattle, 4-1, in Japan.
Insight: Barring a major implosion, Balfour should be able to get 30 saves this season. It's not like he has a flamethrowing prospect to compete with for the job. His main competition is Brian Fuentes.
 
3/20/2012 1:50:00 PM
Description: Oakland Athletics' manager Bob Melvin announced that Grant Balfour (5-2, 2.47 ERA, 1.032 WHIP) would be the team's closer to start the 2012 season.
Insight: While Oakland doesn't figure to be in a pennant race, the closer on any major league team should be able to post 20-plus saves. Andrew Bailey and Brian Fuentes combined for 36 saves last season in Oakland.
 
6/29/2011 9:50:00 AM
Description: The Oakland Athletics have placed right-handed reliever Grant Balfour on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right oblique.
Insight: The A's brought back RHP Trystan Magnuson from AAA Sacramento to take Balfour's spot on the roster. Magnuson pitched in two games for the A's in May. Balfour has allowed one run over his past 10 innings, a span of 10 games. He is 4-1 with a pair of saves and a 2.48 ERA.
 

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