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Grant Balfour | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/30/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays signed RHP Grant Balfour to a minor league contract.
Balfour was cut by the Rays earlier in the week after struggling in his first few outings out of the bullpen. The 37-year-old hurler will report to Triple-A Durham and hope to regain his form before hopefully rejoining the Rays bullpen. May 1 - 7:57 PM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Grant Balfour could re-sign a minor league deal with the Rays.

According to Topkin, Balfour would report to Triple-A Durham for a couple of weeks in an effort to get things straightened out. The veteran right-hander was released by the Rays earlier in the week after allowing three runs over his first 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.
May 1 - 6:35 PM

According to Patrick Mooney of, the Cubs have Grant Balfour on their radar.

Balfour pitched under Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay for five seasons (2007-2010, 2014), so a reclamation attempt on the north side of Chicago would make some sense. Balfour was released by the Rays earlier this week after allowing three earned runs over his first 4 1/3 innings this season. The 37-year-old right-hander had a 4.91 ERA in 62 1/3 innings last season.
Apr 30 - 10:19 AM

Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

Balfour was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on April 18 and passed through waivers unclaimed. He posted a 4.91 ERA in 62 1/3 innings last season and had allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings this season. The 37-year-old is nearing the end.
Apr 28 - 5:53 PM

Rays designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment.

It's a curious move as the Rays still owe Balfour almost $7 million. Either way, this is one signing Tampa Bay would like to forget. The usually cash-conscious Rays splurged for a closer last offseason, only to find Balfour's best years were behind him. He imploded Saturday against the Yankees, giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. The 37-year-old will probably land another big league job, but he's getting close to the finish line.
Apr 18 - 11:13 PM

Grant Balfour gave up a solo homer in his inning of work against the Pirates in his spring debut Monday.

Light-hitting Gorkys Hernandez did the damage. Balfour was making his debut after returning home from Australia, where his father passed away earlier this month.
Mar 23 - 5:16 PM

Grant Balfour is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday.

The veteran right-hander missed time early in the spring to return to his ailing father in Australia. He shouldn't have any difficulty getting himself ready in time for Opening Day.
Mar 21 - 10:21 AM

Grant Balfour threw live batting practice Tuesday.

Balfour went back home to Australia last week after his father passed away from pancreatic cancer. He returned to camp Sunday and will likely pitch this weekend.
Mar 17 - 11:07 AM

Grant Balfour (family) is expected to return to Rays camp on Sunday.

Balfour has been in Australia since his father passed away Tuesday from pancreatic cancer. The right-hander is expected to fly back to Florida on Saturday.
Mar 11 - 10:53 AM

Grant Balfour has left Rays' camp to go back to Australia to visit his ailing father.

Balfour's father has been battling cancer. The Rays will give him all the time he needs.
Feb 25 - 8:49 AM

Grant Balfour notched his first save since July 1 in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Jake McGee pitched the eighth inning and Brad Boxberger was apparently unavailable, so Balfour got the call to protect a 1-0 lead. He was pretty sharp, retiring the side in order while recording two strikeouts. Still, we're not expecting Joe Maddon to make a habit out of this down the stretch.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:09:00 PM

Grant Balfour revealed Saturday that he believes he's been tipping his pitches.

Balfour has walked 27 over 36 1/3 innings this season, so it's not just pitch-tipping that's led to his issues. However, it could certainly be a factor in his struggles. "I have a few things, and it's been cleaned up," Balfour said. "You look at the numbers and you think maybe they knew what was coming at certain times. That can explain a few things here and there. I'm not saying I pitched the best, but it doesn't help when someone knows what's coming. It could be an issue. It's definitely cleaned up, so we'll find out."
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 12:14:00 PM

Grant Balfour got the call to close out the game Tuesday and responded with a scoreless inning to earn the save against the Yankees.

Balfour, who hadn't had a save chance since June 11, walked two batters in the inning before slamming the door. He's allowed just one run over his last 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine as he attempts to distance himself from his early struggles. It's worth noting that Jake McGee worked the eighth inning and Joel Peralta, who had been used in each of the last two games, got the night off. For now, the situation is still fluid enough that it's tough to trust any to get consistent save chances.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 10:30:00 PM

Grant Balfour tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings to pick up his 10th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Making his first appearance since he was battered by the Mariners, which led to his demotion as the team's sole closer, Balfour rebounded nicely, retiring all seven batters he faced. He's now 10-for-12 in save opportunities with a 5.88 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a 22/20 K/BB ratio in 26 innings.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 10:47:00 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon announced Monday morning that he will begin using a committee at closer.

Grant Balfour was slammed for five runs in the ninth inning of the Rays' loss to the Mariners on Sunday, pushing his ERA for the season to 6.46. The 36-year-old has had problems with both control and effectiveness, and Maddon told reporters before Monday's matinee with Seattle that he wants Balfour to get his confidence back in a less pressurized role. Jake McGee and Juan Carlos Oviedo are the best options for vultured saves in the meantime. McGee has been especially dominant this year.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 11:42:00 AM

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