Oct 10, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning in game five of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at O.co Coliseum. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Closer Grant Balfour says at least four teams interested, has offer on table


It’s been a rough few weeks for former Oakland Athletics closer, Grant Balfour.

The volatile fireman engaged himself in deep contract talks with the Baltimore Orioles, taking a tough stance in his demands, refusing to budge. His hard-nosed negotiating tactics eventually forced the Orioles to cave to his demands and the two sides appeared set on a contract.

All that was needed was for Balfour to pass his physical and the marriage would be set. But shockingly, the Orioles claimed Balfour failed the physical which voided the would-be contract, leaving the closer without a team.

That apparently won’t be the cast for long though as at least four teams are reportedly interested in the veteran and he apparently already has another offer on the table:

Balfour “4 teams are interested in my services and I have at least 1 offer on the table.” @MLBNetworkRadio

Multiple teams are still in need of a closer like the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees so Balfour should have no problem finding a lucrative deal as he remains one of the top closers available in the free agent pool.

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