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

MLB Free Agency: Washington Nationals are interested in Grant Balfour

The Washington Nationals could be closing in on former Oakland Athletic closer Grant Balfour. FOXSports’ Ken Rosenthal posted that the Nationals are interested in signing Balfour, who would join the rotation of Rafael Soriano and Tyler Clippard.

Rosenthal also talks about how the Nats could be open to trade Storen who will make $3.45 million in 2014 but could see a bump in pay during the 2015/2016 seasons. I imagine if Balfour is brought in, then Storen’s departure won’t be that far behind. Washington shouldn’t have a problem dealing him.

Now I was a bit surprised when I heard that Balfour was turned away by the Oakland Athletics. Grant set a franchise record for consecutive saves and earned his 41st against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the same day on July 8th. He finished the 2013 campaign with 38, 72 strike outs and an ERA of 2.59 over 62 2/3 innings of work.

There would be competition for the closer’s role between Soriano and Balfour if he were to be brought on board.

What do you think Washington Nationals fans, would you like Balfour closing games for your organization?

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