Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Times reports that reliever 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. Balfour is still making $7 million this year,..." May 28
Hardball Talk "Last month the Rays released right-hander Grant Balfour from his $7 million big-league contract and then re-signed him to a minor-league deal, but now the veteran reliever has opted out of that contract and been granted his release from Triple-A." May 27
CSN Chicago "Grant Balfour is one reliever on their radar as the Cubs look into reinforcements for their bullpen. The Balfour connection is obvious since the Australian right-hander used to play for Cubs manager Joe Maddon. The Tampa Bay Rays officially released Balfour this week and will be responsible..." April 30
Hardball Talk "Predictably no teams were interested in claiming Grant Balfour and the remainder of his $7 million salary off waivers, so the Rays have released the 37-year-old right-hander after designating him for assignment. Last offseason the Orioles backed out a two-year, $15 million deal with Balfour..." April 29
Sources: Rays deep into discussions with closer Grant Balfour. Believed to be talking about a two-year, $12M deal.
New York Post "According to industry sources, the Yankees have shown some interest in closer Grant Balfour, whose two-year deal with the Orioles disintegrated. Balfour has converted 62 of 67 save opportunities the last two years. The fiery right-hander was all set to be the Orioles closer until, according to..." December 23
MLB.com "There are as many as four teams interested in signing Grant Balfour -- and one offer on the table -- the free-agent reliever told MLB Network Radio on Sunday. Balfour had previously agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles before it fell through because of issues with his..." December 23
CSN Baltimore "Friday was an awful day for the Orioles. How bad was it? The news of Troy Patton’s suspension, which normally would have occupied Birdland, was pushed aside by Balfourgate. Until October, Balfour was a relatively anonymous relief pitcher. A late bloomer, a first-time 34-year-old closer, Balfour..." December 21
Balfour market is still interesting : SEA, CWS, TB, and NYY all need closers and would benefit with Balfour closing out games
CBSSports.com "Orioles GM Dan Duquette confirmed to reporters on Friday that the team's contract agreement with closer Grant Balfour will not be completed. An undisclosed issue popped up during his pre-signing physical on Thursday. Balfour, 35, agreed to a two-year contract worth $15 million earlier this..." December 20
#orioles deal with Grant Balfour in serious jeopardy due to issues with physical that a source said "need to be resolved."
Balfour deal with #orioles: 2 years, $14 million with $500,000 deferred each year. Per source.
Sources: Balfour close to joining #Orioles on two-year contract.
SOURCE: Orioles offered Balfour a three-year deal at a little lower price with option to make additional $500K. Balfour sitting on it.
CSN Baltimore "Grant Balfour isn’t with the Orioles. As of yet, he isn’t with anyone else. Is Balfour worth a possible three-year contract? Is any reliever? It may take a three-year deal for the Orioles to attract Balfour. It isn’t clear who the other teams in the Balfour scrum are, but if a team offers..." December 13
Also can confirm the Orioles have a multi-year on the table w/ closer Grant Balfour. Duq seemed pretty confident today they'd land 1 soon.
Indians have talked with Grant Balfour, sources say. They need a closer.
San Francisco Chronicle "Free-agent closer Grant Balfour, who set an A's team record for consecutive saves last season, is attracting notice from several deep-pocketed potential contenders, including the Tigers and Yankees, according to a major-league source. Other interested teams include the Rockies, Angels and..." November 08
MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have announced that they will not extend qualifying offers to free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour. Neither player will require a new team to sacrifice a draft pick this winter. The move isn't surprising, given the $14.1MM value of a qualifying offer. Colon would've been..." November 04
San Francisco Chronicle "Not that manager Bob Melvin would dare utter the words publicly at least not until his A's clinch a playoff spot. But the words certainly have been used behind closed doors where the team's decision-makers are mapping it all out. "Playoff rotation." For a team with a magic number of six and..." September 19
CSN Bay Area "The A’s find themselves alone in first place for the first time in a month. On Friday they showed what’s enabled them to make the climb atop the American League West – an offense that’s discovered a variety of different ways to score runs and keep pressure up on opponents. They also..." September 07
San Francisco Chronicle "In a sea of minor-leaguers wearing road grays, two players stood out because they sported white pants - and major-league arms. The A's were off Wednesday, and the only activity was at their minor-league complex at Papago Park, so that's where closer Grant Balfour and starter Jarrod Parker did..." March 07
San Francisco Chronicle "Manager Bob Melvin said that the only issue with Grant Balfour's recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery is the fear the A's closer will try to do too much. "I saw him trying to sneak into a drill the other day," Melvin said. "It's more trying to keep him out of things." Balfour actually..." February 26
Oakland Tribune "The most impressive thing about Grant Balfour's rebound from Thursday's surgery wasn't the fact that he got to the A's Phoenix Municipal Stadium clubhouse at 7 a.m. as usual Friday. It wasn't that he started right in on his rehab work just 18 hours after surgery to repair a right knee meniscus..." February 16
San Francisco Chronicle "Oakland's first injury of the spring is not a major one, but it is to a key contributor: Closer Grant Balfour will miss four to six weeks with a meniscus tear in his right knee. Balfour could well be ready for Opening Day - he had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday, and the recovery estimate includes..." February 15
SI.com "Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday afternoon. The A's made the announcement that the right-hander is expected to miss four to six weeks, and decided to have the procedure now with the hopes of returning for the start of the..." February 14
Grant Balfour undergoing knee surgery today. He'll be out 4-6 weeks.