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More on Rays deal with Balfour: Money, grievance, stats

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More on the Rays' deal with Grant Balfour:

 * Balfour's two-year, $12-million contract appears to be the third largest free-agent deal under the Sternberg regime, trailing the three-year, $21-million deal they just gave James Loney and the two-year, $16-million deal Pat Burrell got in 2009.
 
 * After Balfour's two-year, $15-million agreement with Baltimore fell apart, there was some talk about him filing a grievance against the O's. With a deal now set with the Rays, Balfour indicated there may still be something in the works.
  "I'm not going to comment on it. We'll see what happens,'' he said. "I'm here to stay. I have a contract with the Rays, and anything else that's going to happen on that part will be taken care of, and we'll move forward. That's not going to affect anything I've got going here. I'm moving on. I'm glad to be here, really happy to be here. That stuff is going to be taken care of by other people on my behalf.''

  * Balfour over the past six seasons ranks second among AL relievers in appearances (383), innings pitched (380.1) and strikeouts (410), and fourth in opponents' batting average (.194). The 6.74 hits per nine innings he has allowed over his 10-season career are fifth lowest among all active relievers (min. 300 appearances). His 92.5 save percentage (62 of 67) over the last two seasons is  fourth-best in the majors behind Huston Street, Joe Nathan and Craig Kimbrel. 

  * Balfour has reached the postseason five times - 2004 with the Minnesota Twins, 2008 and 2010 with the Rays, 2012-13 with Oakland - and said his primary goal now is to win the World Series.

  * The press conference was held at the Tampa Museum of Art to coincide with a scheduled event for team sponsors. Balfour was introduced first to the sponsors, and then to the media.

  * Balfour will make contributions to the Rays Baseball Foundation.

[Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 11:28am]

    

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