No Balfour in D.C.: free agent closer signs with Rays

No Balfour in D.C.: free agent closer signs with Rays
January 23, 2014, 5:15 pm
Share This Post

STL Open Mic: B-Mitch talks with David Ortiz

While the rumors linking the Nationals to free agent Grant Balfour provided for a great offseason debate this week, the 36-year-old closer has opted to instead sign with the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Balfour has received a two-year deal worth $12 million, not far off the contract the Orioles backed out of after finding red flags in his physical.

The Nationals were tied to Balfour by who may have revealed a new roster need for the team. They have two closers who have saved 43 games apiece for the franchise in recent years - Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen - but they still may covet an upgrade. 

Washington checked in on Balfour after a December deal he had with the Orioles fell through. After agreeing to terms, Baltimore found issues with his wrist and knee, enough to scare them out of completing the two-year, $15 million pact. Now Balfour will stay in the American League East, giving him up to 19 chances to face the team he almost joined. 

[RELATED: Can Jayson Werth have another MVP-caliber season?]

Balfour was introduced by the Rays in a press conference just hours after the news became public on Thurdsay.

(Via the Tampa Bay Times)