MLB Rumors: Grant Balfour drawing interest from Indians, Mariners, Yankees and Rays

Oct 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) and catcher Derek Norris (36) celebrate after game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Oakland won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) and catcher Derek Norris (36) celebrate after game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Oakland won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more bizarre situations to unfold this week in baseball revolved around closer Grant Balfour and the meltdown of his deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore offered, agreed to and then pulled a contract with Balfour which means the closer is back on the free agent market. There’s the matter whether or not Balfour will files grievance against the team, but beyond that his future in baseball will be somewhere other than Baltimore.

According to MLB Network Radio reporter Jim Duquette, Balfour is already drawing interest from as many as four to five clubs now that he’s a free agent again.

The Cleveland Indians have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Balfour as they’ve made no secret about coveting a closer this offseason. Baltimore won’t be Balfour’s home, and whatever games he plays there in a different uniform should be interesting. But the closer likely won’t be out of work for long and it seems as though the American League is where he’ll stay and spend the next part of his career.

Topics: Cleveland Indians, Grant Balfour, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays

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  • tedsfrozenhead

    I heard Baltimore backed out over medical concerns discovered during his physical. Mariners better take a good close look to see if he is damaged goods. If he is healthy I would bring him on board.

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