Tag:Grant Balfour
Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:50 pm

Rockies on hunt for reliever

Aardsma The Rockies are determined to get a right-handed reliever, but won't dip into the market requiring three-years for middle relievers.

The Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports on Twitter that Colorado has discussed a deal for Mariners closer David Aardsma (pictured), who would likely compete with Huston Street for that honor for the Rockies. Aardsma is eligible for arbitration and could be due around $4 million, which could make Colorado skittish.

That's not the Rockies's only option, though.

Other names include Todd Coffey, Jon Rauch, Chad Qualls and Grant Balfour. Balfour is a Type-A free agent, so would necessitate a sign-and-trade for Colorado to be interested. However, the other names are extremely unlikely to get a three-year commitment, if not two years. Renck feels that the Rockies will land one of the aforementioned names.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 3:47 pm

Rays need to rebuild bullpen

Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena are gone, but those aren't the Rays' biggest losses, manager Joe Maddon said at Tuesday's media session at the MLB Winter Meetings.

"If we can get a bullpen back together, that can put us back into the 90-win category," Maddon said.

The Rays are slated to lose not only closer Rafael Soriano, but already lost Joaquin Benoit to the Tigers. Dan Wheeler is a free agent, as are Grant Balfour, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls, who all three turned down arbitration. The team also non-tendered Lance Cormier.

That leaves the Rays in need of a near-total bullpen restoration. Andy Sonnanstine is the lone carry-over from last season's bullpen.

"I don't think it's nearly impossible," Maddon said of rebuilding the bullpen, "but it's going to be challenging."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:51 pm

Balfour declines arbitration

Grant Balfour Most of the time nobody blinks when a Type-A free agent declines an arbitration offer, because most of the time there's more money in free agency than in arbitration.

However, for middle relievers, it's not quite so obvious. That's why it was a small surprise to see Tampa Bay's Grant Balfour turn down arbitration from the Rays.

"I'll take my chances on what I've done the past few years," Balfour told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin . "I believe there's a multi-year deal out there for me."

Some teams are reluctant to give up a draft pick in order to sign a middle reliever that's a Type A free agent.

Balfour, who will be 23 in December, has appeared in 203 games with the Rays since joining them from Milwaukee in 2007. With the Rays he's gone 14-7 with a 3.33 ERA. Last season he was 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 57 games, striking out 56 while walking 17 in 55 1/3 innings.

Keep up with all the arbitration decisions here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:11 pm

Crawford's agents getting creative

Carl Crawford If you're on Theo Epstein's Christmas list, start dropping some hints, because you may get lucky and get a re-gifted iPad for Christmas.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times
, the agents for the former Rays outfielder Carl Crawford are sending iPads "preloaded with an impressive video touting the free agent's strengths, showing highlights and offering testimonials" to teams who have expressed interest in Crawford.

I guess when you're about to get a commission on a $100 million contract, you can afford to send out a couple of extra bucks on advertising.

Somehow, though, I'm guessing if Neal Huntington calls Greg Genske and crew about Crawford, he'll just get the DVD version sent to him, but maybe they'll FedEx it to make him feel important.

Topkin notes Crawford, like the other six Rays free agents offered arbitration, have yet to turn down the Rays, but he expects that from Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Brad Hawpe, Chad Qualls, Randy Choate and, well, Joaquin Benoit, who has already signed with the Tigers.

However, Topkin notes reliever Grant Balfour may accept arbitration. As a Type A free agent, he may find other teams unwilling to give up the necessary picks to sign him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:48 am

Add Rays reliever to list of freak injuries

Grant Balfour It seems 2010 is the year of the freak injury -- first Kendry Morales breaks his leg jumping into home plate, then Chris Coghlan injured his knee in a post-game shaving cream pie accident and now Rays reliever Grant Balfour has gone on the DL after "wrestling" with his pitching coach.

Balfour is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a left rib strain and was placed on the disabled list this weekend. His injury was one of the reasons the Rays acquired a reliever, Chad Qualls, rather than a bat at the deadline, Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times writes .

Balfour had a 2.08 ERA and had struck out 44 batters in 43 1/3 innings.

The injury occurred Friday before batting practice when Balfour was "messing around" with Jim Hickey.

"[It was] just kind of a freaking thing," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "[It's] something that guys do almost every day in these situations. Nothing ever happens. It happened."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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