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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%: 18/10 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays' Cash changes course, plans to take closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:57 am ET) A day after indicating Brad Boxberger would be the team's closer while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday he is not going to name a closer, per the Tampa Bay Times. Cash added they will use several relievers in save situations.

"There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those leveraged situations," Cash said, per MLB.com. "But it just doesn't make sense to come out and name a closer when the game could be on the line in the seventh or eighth inning."

Cash added they will revisit the closer situation once McGee comes off the disabled list. McGee is expected to miss the first month of the season.

Along with Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri could all be used in save situations.

"We're comfortable with all of our bullpen options," Cash said. "I don't see us leaning toward anybody just waiting to pitch the ninth inning."


Rays RP Grant Balfour allows run in debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour surrendered a solo home run in his spring debut Monday. It was the only hit allowed in one inning of work for Balfour, who had been away from the team for several weeks due to the death of his father in Australia.


Rays RP Grant Balfour on track to make spring debut Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Rays reliever Grant Balfour threw 38 pitches Friday in live batting practice Friday and is on track to make his spring debut Monday against the Pirates, according to The Tampa Tribune.

“Everything was very, very good. He felt great,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Didn’t even realize he threw that many pitches. I asked him how many, and he said 25. He missed by almost 15 pitches.”


Rays RP Grant Balfour will face live hitters on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Rays reliever Grant Balfour opted to face live hitters on Friday instead of Grapefruit League game on Saturday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

"That was his choice," manager Kevin Cash said. "Just basically wants to fine tune it a little more. That's fine. Not that concerned about how many outings he gets off the mound. He's done this for 10, 12 years."


Rays' Grant Balfour set to pitch Friday or Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rays reliever Grant Balfour threw 30 pitches in a live batting practice to Brandon Guyer and Tim Beckham, according to the team's official website. Balfour was away from the team for several weeks due to the death of his father in Australia. He's expected to pitch Friday or Saturday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Grant Balfour returns to Rays following father's death


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Reliever Grant Balfour returned to the Rays on Sunday, after spending the last few weeks in Australia, with his ailing father. Balfour's father died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday. 

"The last couple of weeks have been a struggle," he told MLB.com's Bill Chastain. "I had to physically pick him up and shower him. So, a lot of memories and a lot of things. I'm just glad I was there to the end to be with him. There's no regrets there."

The Rays wore blue socks in honor of Balfour's father on Sunday. 


Rays RP Grant Balfour expected back in camp Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday reliever Grant Balfour is expected to return to camp Sunday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Balfour has been in Australia the last two weeks with his dad, David, who died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. David Balfour was 62 years old.

“He’s got a ton on his plate,” Cash said. “Hopefully on the back of his mind 00 where it belongs, in the back of his mind -- he’s thinking about getting ready for a season.”


Rays pitcher Grant Balfour (personal) could return to team this week


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said pitcher Grant Balfour could return to the team later this week, reports The Tampa Tribune.

Balfour is away from the team while tending to his sick father in Australia.


Rays manager believes Grant Balfour will be ready for opening day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash believes pitcher Grant Balfour will be good to go by opening day, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Balfour is currently in Australia, tending to his sick father. Cash said Balfour was still working out, and expects the pitcher to be ready for the start of the regular season. The 37-year-old posted a 3.46 ERA over 62 1/3 innings last season. 


Rays manager Cash: Grant Balfour is 'motivated' to regain closer role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that it's possible that Grant Balfour will return to the closer role to start the season. Balfour, who lost his ninth-inning gig to Jake McGee last June after a rough start to the season, will compete with Kevin Jepsen, Ernesto Frieri and Brad Boxberger for the role, per the Tampa Tribune.

"I don't see why not. I think so," Cash said. "Grant has done this for a long time. We've talked, he's going to bounce back. He's motivated, very motivated and he's a veteran that has been in that role. He's given up big hits and lost ball games and bounced back, maybe a little bit longer over the course of last year, but he finished strong in September, so he's motivated to come in and do good."

Balfour is currently away from the team to be with his ailing father in Australia, who has been battling cancer. He's expected to be gone five-to-seven days though he'll be able to throw while he's in another continent.


Rays Grant Balfour leaves camp to be with ailing father


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Rays reliever Grant Balfour took a brief leave of absence to be with his ailing father in Australia, who has been battling cancer, the Tampa Bay Times reports. With Jake McGee not set to return from elbow surgery at least until May, Balfour and Kevin Jepsen are expected to compete for the closer role to start the season. He's expected to be gone five-to-seven days though he'll be able to throw while he's in another continent.

Rays RHP Kevin Jepsen sees 'friendly competition' for closer role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Rays right-hander Kevin Jepsen told reporters that it'll be a "friendly competition" between his bullpen-mates for the closer role. With Jake McGee not set to return from elbow surgery at least until May, Jepsen could be in competition with last year's closer, Grant Balfour.

"I think it's a friendly competition," Jepsen said. "I think it's always a good thing when you have competition amongst players going into the season. [It] keeps everybody hungry. A lot of times during Spring Training, you're just getting your work in. But anytime there's a chance to move up or be in a different role than you're used to, it brings out some good competition and only makes you better."


Rays RP Grant Balfour eyeing a return to closer's role in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Rays reliever Grant Balfour is eyeing a return to the closer's role in 2015 after being removed from the job in 2014, mostly due to control problems. Balfour pitched exceptionally well down the stretch last season, posting 12 scoreless appearances in his final 13 outings.

"September was good," Balfour said, per MLB.com. "I sat down and worked on some things. I think that last five weeks or whatever it was, I felt like that was me and it showed with the numbers I put up. I was happy with the way it ended. You always want to finish strong, particularly how everything else went. I'm just looking forward to this year.

"Every year I look forward to going out and having a good year. Some years, it works out and some years, it doesn't. But I try to do everything I can to make it happen. Maybe last year things got to me a little bit when things weren't going well. I learn from new experiences. I've had some really good success in my career. And I can feed off that."

Balfour admitted he is pitching with a chip on his shoulder after enduring some struggles in 2014. The closer's role is up for grabs with Jake McGee expected to miss the start of the season due to an elbow injury.

"As long as everything is in shape and I feel good, then I believe in myself that I can go out there and do what I want to do," Balfour said. "As long as my body is allowing me each day to go out there and do what I want to do. Hey, I'm going to give everything I got and I totally believe in what I can do."


Rays pitcher Grant Balfour hoping to continue September success


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour is hoping to pick up right where he left off in 2014. At the end of the season, Balfour went 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 appearances.

"Got back to my numbers I've had the last four or five years," Balfour said. "That builds confidence, too, when you're going out there getting people out all the time, too. So when you're not, it's tough. It's a tough game. It's not meant to be easy. Not everyone is doing it. There are a lot of people on the sidelines wishing they were doing it. Until you go out there and do it and go through it, it's not easy."

For the season, Balfour went 2-6 with a 4.91 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 65 appearances for the season.

"I had a good run. I had some good times. It's easy when you're doing that. When you face a battle and face some tough times, it was nice to finish strong at the end of year and know that I came out on the good side of it."


Grant Balfour slams door shut on Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Rays pitcher Grant Balfour slammed the door shut on the Blue Jays Friday night for his 12 save of the season. Balfour struck out two and needed 12 pitches to close out a 1-0 victory. He has converted 12 of 15 save chances, with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 56 2/3 innings of work. It was his first save since July 1.

Grant Balfour earns win Monday vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Rays pitcher Grant Balfour picked up a win Monday, giving up one hit in a scoreless 10th inning in his team's 4-3 victory over the Red Sox.

Balfour (2-6) has encountered some ups and downs this season, but he's put togther 3 2/3 scoreless innings over his last three outings while striking out four and allowing just one hit and one walk. He owns a 5.17 ERA and 48:40 K:BB ratio in 54 innings.


Grant Balfour surrenders winning run vs. former club


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Rays pitcher Grant Balfour (1-4) was pegged with the loss in extras against his former club, the A's, on Monday.

Balfour allowed a bases-loaded single to Derek Norris in the 10th inning to end the game. He permitted one run on two hits and two walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning. He owns a 4.93 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over 42 innings of relief.

Grant Balfour picks up first win Saturday vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Rays pitcher Grant Balfour recorded his first win of the season Saturday, giving up one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out one in his team's 3-0 victory over the Red Sox.

With starter Jeremy Hellickson failing to complete five innings, one of the team's three middle relievers was in line to be awarded a win, and it fell to Balfour, the only one to work more than one inning. He owns a 5.17 and 37:29 K:BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings.


Kirby Yates enters for Grant Balfour, converts first career save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Rays pitcher Kirby Yates came in for Grant Balfour and converted a two-out save Sunday afternoon against the Twins in Minnesota. It was his first career save.

After Balfour walked the first two batters in the ninth, Yates entered the game and forced Brian Dozier to ground out into a fielder's choice and got Eduardo Nunez to foul out to end the game. Yates owns a 2.35 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 15 1/3 innings of relief.

Grant Balfour: I might have been tipping my pitches


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Rays deposed closer Grant Balfour has acknowledged that his struggles this season could be explained in part by pitch-tipping.

Balfour owns a 5.45 ERA with 29 hits and 27 walks allowed in 36 1/3 innings.

"I have a few things, and it's been cleaned up," he told the Tampa Bay Times. "You look at the numbers and you think maybe they knew what was coming at certain times. That can explain a few things here and there. I'm not saying I pitched the best, but it doesn't help when someone knows what's coming. It could be an issue. It's definitely cleaned up, so we'll find out."

Balfour pitched a hitless shutout inning against Minnesota on Thursday.


New pitcher enters Rays closer mix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) 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
(7/2/2014) 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
(6/11/2014) 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
(6/11/2014) 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
(6/9/2014) 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.