The Oakland Athletics decided to not make a qualifying offer to Australian right handed closer Grant Balfour, who will now become a free agent.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, now that he’s available he’s getting some interest from at least five teams right off the bat. No pun intended.
Now onto the teams that are interested in possibly pursuing the free agent closer. The New York Yankees are an obvious choice to be in the hunt for Balfour since they lost Mariano Rivera to retirement. They’re going to be looking to find someone who is young enough to step in and fill that role for as long as he did.
I’m sure playing for the Yankees would be a dream come true for an Australian born pitcher, but replacing the great Mariano Rivera could be the toughest task of his career.
The Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Tampa Bay Rays are also interested in signing Balfour.
I believe the front runner right now, if they’re seriously interested has to be the New York Yankees.