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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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Despite reports to the contrary earlier this week, free agent Grant Balfour said he is not considering retirement.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Balfour is exploring his options after being released by the Rays from his minor league contract. He hopes to get back to the majors later this summer. May 30 - 3:08 PM

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Grant Balfour is said to be leaning toward retirement.

Balfour opted out of his minor league contract with the Rays on Wednesday after allowing nine hits and four walks in 9 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham. The 37-year-old right-hander is still hauling in $7 million this season from a deal signed with Tampa Bay two offseasons ago. If this is indeed it, Balfour, a native of Australia, will finish his major league career with a cool 3.49 ERA, 1.219 WHIP, and 84 saves.
May 28 - 8:43 AM

Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract.
May 27 - 9:52 AM

Rays re-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

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 CSNChicago.com, 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Cobb
8Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Jeff Beliveau
4Steve Geltz
5Brandon Gomes
6Xavier Cedeno
7Alex Colome
8Kirby Yates