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Tampa Bay Times May 1, 2015

Balfour returns to Rays, will join Triple-A Durham

ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Grant Balfour may not be done pitching for the Rays, after all.
DRaysBay Apr 20, 2015

Is Ernesto Frieri worthwhile in high leverage?

With ten men on the disabled list, the Rays have reached their limit on the depth chart, but this weekend they took it even further by releasing Grant Balfour. The former Rays closer is in the twilight of his career, and deserves much admiration as the second-most used reliever in Tampa Bay history. He has had some incredible moments, and stands as an Australian Hall-of-Famer. And now the cash-strapped Rays are willing to pay out the rest of his $7M owed for Balfour to leave the team. That is how bad the bullpen has become. The Depth Chart Including two relievers on the disabled list, here...
Rays Index Apr 20, 2015

Why the Rays cut ties with Grant Balfour, their highest-paid pitcher

Following Saturday’s game, the Tampa Bay Rays made a surprising move when they designated Grant Balfour for assignment, the first step in ultimately releasing their highest-paid pitcher without getting anything in return. The move was a bit surprising, not only because the Rays will have to eat what’s left of […]
The Ledger Apr 19, 2015

Rays Cut Balfour on Saturday

After veteran reliever Grant Balfour pitched poorly in Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Yankees, the Rays designated him for assignment.
DRaysBay Apr 19, 2015

Brandon Gomes: the pitcher of today

Will he be up to it? Yesterday, after a terrible outing, the Rays designated former-closer Grant Balfour for assignment. Balfour has been a big part of the history of this team, and that side of the move is deservedly getting all of the attention. But for the Rays right now, the other half of the transaction is actually more important. They didn't just get rid of a struggling pitcher. They've called up Brandon Gomes, and it will be his job to get the outs that Balfour could not. I used to think that Brandon Gomes was going to be really good. For one and a half months in 2013 he was, but...
Rays Index Apr 18, 2015

Rays waive Grant Balfour despite $7 million salary

The Tampa Bay Rays have designated relief pitcher Grant Balfour for assignment after Saturday’s game according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the first step in releasing the former closer. The Rays have promoted Brandon Gomes to take Balfour’s spot. Gomes has been added to the 40-man roster. […]
DRaysBay Apr 18, 2015

Rays designate former closer Grant Balfour for assignment

Designated for Assignment Former closer Grant Balfour, still under contract for $7M this season, has been designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays. Balfour has not been his former self over the last calendar year, and this evening made his sixth appearance on the season, garner just two outs while being credited for three runs. While those were the only runs he had allowed this season, it was a frustrating performance. Balfour entered the game with runners at first and second and one out on the board, following a rough outing from rookie C.J. Reifenhauser. There was a need to lock...
Tampa Bay Times Apr 18, 2015

Rays routed by Yankees, cut Grant Balfour

The reliever is let go after helping the game get out of hand in a brutal outing.

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