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50 Grant Balfour RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 12/30/1977 | Birthplace: Sydney, Australia | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $4,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 38/21 | Average Draft Position: 170.11
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Projections
TimeframeIPWLSVERAWHIPKBBI
2014 Season (CBSSports.com)64.003.003.0037.002.391.1565.0025.00
 
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
35.00-2114.893425
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
20140000000036
20130000000065
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
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Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Kansas City 2.000 0.00113
vs LHB 19.200 3.6601422
vs RHB 15.000 6.6001012
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
07/10/2014Chase Utley, 2B PHI
Francisco Liriano, SP PIT
Alex Rios, RF TEX
Hunter Pence, RF SF
Grant Balfour, RP TB
Starling Marte, LF PIT
07/10/2014Brett Gardner, LF NYY
Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL
David Murphy, RF CLE
Grant Balfour, RP TB
07/10/2014Miguel Cabrera, 1B DET
Grant Balfour, RP TB
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B CLE
Dellin Betances, RP NYY
 
Last 10 Games
DateOppWLSVIPHAERBBAKs
6/17BAL0001.01001
6/19HOU0001.00003
6/22HOU0001.00012
6/27@BAL0001.00000
6/28@BAL0000.22100
6/30@NYY0001.01002
7/1@NYY0011.00021
7/5@DET0000.20002
7/8KC0001.01011
7/9KC0000.10010
 
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Latest News
New pitcher enters Rays closer mix
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/14) Two days after their primary setup man, Joel Peralta, blew a save and one day after their former closer, Grant Balfour, recorded his 11th, the Rays turned to Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning of a three-run game Wednesday.

All this coming off a weekend when Jake McGee appeared to lock up the role.

Frankly, if the Rays prefer not to confine their top lefty to the ninth inning, I'm not sure Boxberger isn't the best choice. He has closer stuff and, after struggling with his control in previous stints in the majors, appears to have harnessed it. In 31 appearances, he has a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

What more could you want from a closer?

Of course, McGee's numbers are even better, and Joe Maddon clearly hasn't turned the page from Balfour yet. Juan Carlos Oviedo has gotten a save since the Rays went closer by committee and also has experience in the role. Something tells me that if the Rays haven't settled on any one pitcher yet, Boxberger's save Wednesday doesn't change that.

But you shouldn't dismiss him as just a fringe candidate either. He's a contender to fill the role full-time.

Grant Balfour walks two, picks up rare save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/14) Rays reliever Grant Balfour got his first save in more than three weeks Tuesday, as he closed out a 2-1 win over the Yankees.

Balfour, whose last save opportunity came June 11, didn't exactly make things easy with a one-run lead. He walked the first batter he faced, and then put the tying run into scoring position with a second walk with two outs. Fortunately, he induced an easy groundball to first to end the game.

Balfour has struggled with his control this season for the Rays, with 23 walks in 33 innings. However, prior to Tuesday's outing, he had just one walk in his previous 8 1/3 innings. He has a 5.18 ERA with 11 saves in 13 chances.  

Joe Maddon: We're still going with closer-by-committee
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/14) Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he still plans on a closer-by-committee despite leaving deposed closer Grant Balfour in four a seven-out save to shut down St. Louis, the Tampa Bay Times has reported.

Balfour pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings in the rare Rays win.

Grant Balfour muddles closer situation with premier effort
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/14) Is Grant Balfour still the closer for the Rays despite a recent claim otherwise by Joe Maddon? He certainly pitched like one - albeit for 2 1/3 innings - Wednesday night against St. Louis.

Balfour recorded the last seven outs consecutively, striking out one in the process. He had performed so poorly closing out games that Maddon had stated that he was removing him from that role in favor of a closer-by-committee approach.

The veteran right-hander had given up five earned runs in one inning in his last appearance as a scoreless tie turned into a lopsided defeat to Seattle.

A look at the Rays closer situation
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/14) Though in the immediate aftermath of Grant Balfour's five-run implosion against the Mariners Sunday, manager Joe Maddon suggested he would stick with the right-hander as his closer, he relented Monday and announced he would go by committee beginning Monday.

His goal is for Balfour to get his confidence back, which means Balfour himself is probably part of that committee. Of course, to win back the job, he'll have to pitch better, and to pitch better, he'll have to stop walking so many batters. Easier said than done.

So even though Balfour appears to be the Rays reliever to own still, you shouldn't ignore the other possibilities in leagues where saves are scarce.

Jake McGee is the most exciting possibility with his 1.59 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 30 appearances, but since he's also the Rays' primary left-hander, they'll probably want to keep using him situationally rather than confine him to the ninth inning. Granted, the Athletics took that approach with Sean Doolittle at first before ultimately deciding it wasn't worth giving away games. My hope is the Rays will come to the same conclusion.

Otherwise, they're looking at Juan Carlos Oviedo or Joel Peralta. Peralta has been a fine setup man for years and has rebounded from a poor start, giving up just two earned runs in his last 14 appearances. Oviedo might be the better bet of the two, though. He spent three seasons as the Marlins closer back when he was known as Leo Nunez.

 
 
 

 
Upcoming 7 Games
DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
7/11/14TOR7:10 pmMark Buehrle
7/12/14TOR4:10 pmDrew Hutchison
7/13/14TOR1:40 pmJ.A. Happ
7/18/14@ MIN8:10 pm
7/19/14@ MIN7:10 pm
7/20/14@ MIN2:10 pm
7/22/14@ STL8:15 pm
= probable start
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2001MIN00 13.50200000 2.23442032
2003MIN10 4.151710001 26.0231212401430
2004MIN41 4.353600001 39.1351919422142
2005MIN00 ---000000 0.00000000
2007MIL-TB12 7.662500000 24.2302121212030
2008TB62 1.545100045 58.1281010302482
2009TB54 4.817300049 67.1593836623369
2010TB21 2.285700001 55.1431614301756
2011OAK52 2.476200027 62.0441717802059
2012OAK32 2.53750002426 74.2412121412872
2013OAK13 2.59650003841 62.2482018702772
2014TB02 4.89360001113 35.0261919212534
Total 2819 3.3849910083104 508.0380197191457232548
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2001MIN2000000000 --- --- ---
2003MIN17000000000 --- --- ---
2004MIN36000000000 --- --- ---
2007MIL-TB25000000000 --- --- ---
2008TB51100000100 .000 .000 .000
2009TB73000000000 --- --- ---
2010TB57000000000 --- --- ---
2011OAK62000000000 --- --- ---
2012OAK75100000100 .000 .000 .000
2013OAK65000000000 --- --- ---
2014TB36000000000 --- --- ---
Total 499200000200 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2001MINP20101001.000
2003MINP171404001.000
2004MINP360734001.000
2007MIL-TBP250615001.000
2008TBP510505001.000
2009TBP730413011.000
2010TBP570422001.000
2011OAKP620624011.000
2012OAKP7501367001.000
2013OAKP65071511 .857
2014TBP360413001.000
Total  499161174313 .984
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2001MIN033 1.0000000 .33314 20.31.0000
2003MIN22127 0.8121000 .235115 12.8 .4081
2004MIN12745 0.6422003 .238172 13.3 .3401
2005MIN000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2007MIL-TB02020 1.1031200 .316121 18.6 .4840
2008TB12862 0.4521002 .143224 8.0 .2301
2009TB04977 0.7361001 .235289 12.6 .3555
2010TB23373 0.4522014 .216222 9.8 .3471
2011OAK15168 0.8710000 .199242 9.3 .3395
2012OAK25889 0.6933002 .160289 8.4 .2532
2013OAK25065 0.8001009 .206262 10.8 .3223
2014TB23236 0.9720003 .205154 13.4 .3462
Total 13372565 0.7123122124 .2072104 11.0 .33121
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2004MIN00 0.00200000 2.20000002
2008TB00 6.231000000 8.211662187
2010TB00 0.00300000 3.22000001
2012OAK01 5.40200011 1.23110012
2013OAK10 0.00300011 3.00000013
Total 11 3.202000022 19.21677211015
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
1997 R-Twins24 3.761312000 67.0733128142043
1998 R-Elizabethtn72 3.361313000 77.2703629752775
1999 A-Quad City85 3.531914001 91.2663936763795
2000 A-Fort Myers85 4.253510006 89.0914642883490
2001 AA-New Britain21 1.083500013 50.02666102272
2001AAA-Edmonton22 5.51110000 16.1181110201017
2002AAA-Edmonton24 4.16580008 71.1603433303088
2003AAA-Rochester52 2.412111005 71.0482119631687
2006 A-Sarasota00 7.9450000 5.28750137
2006 A-Dayton00 0.0020000 2.00000003
2006 R-Reds00 13.5022000 1.11220132
2007 AA-Huntsville00 2.3880002 11.183300421
2007AAA-Nashville11 1.69240005 32.01766201147
2008AAA-Durham10 0.38150008 23.2511101039
2010AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab01 13.5022000 1.12320032
2011AAA-Sacramento River Cat00 9.0010000 1.02110010
 
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