Balfour reunites with Rays on 2-year deal
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has reported that Balfour has signed with the Rays on a two-year, $12 million deal. The contract is $3 million less than what the Orioles had offered, but Balfour can find solace in the fact that he'll be in sunny Florida with a better chance of notching saves, as the Rays project to be a stronger team this year.
Having become a closer for the first time just two years ago, the 36-year-old Australian has racked up 62 saves while registering a 2.56 ERA since 2012, and assuming his health pans out, he's a great add for the Rays. Balfour also played in Tampa Bay from 2007-10, but as a middle reliever, notching just eight saves over his four years there.
Balfour rounds out a bullpen that includes Heath Bell, Joel Peralta, and Jake McGee. It's not the greatest group of middle relievers, but Balfour adds plenty of stability in the ninth inning.