From the Collection: Grant Balfour, p, Oakland Athletics

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Acquired TTM two seasons ago.

I always get excited when an ex-Athletic joins the Tribe. There was a little while this season when it looked like the Indians would sign Balfour…but they ended up getting Axelrod instead. A bummer, but Axelrod was cheaper, so I guess I don’t blame them.

Balfour is a free agent right now, and it has not been a pleasant off season. He had a deal in place with Baltimore, but when they got a look at his medical records they waived off. This would not be too unusual except nobody is really sure why. Balfour and his agent say he is fine, and two other teams are public saying that they did not find anything in his record. Its all very odd.

Based on numbers alone, he looks healthy. Last season he saved 38 games for the A’s with a 1.197 WHIP and 145 ERA+. He was also selected to his first All-Star team.

Year Age Tm W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP Awards
2001 23 MIN 0 0 13.50 2 0 2.2 3 3 2 38 2.250
2003 25 MIN 1 0 4.15 17 0 26.0 23 14 30 110 1.423
2004 26 MIN 4 1 4.35 36 0 39.1 35 21 42 110 1.424
2005 Did not play in major leagues (Injured)
2007 29 TOT 1 2 7.66 25 0 24.2 30 20 30 60 2.027
2007 29 MIL 0 2 20.25 3 0 2.2 4 4 3 25 3.000
2007 29 TBD 1 0 6.14 22 0 22.0 26 16 27 75 1.909
2008 30 TBR 6 2 1.54 51 4 58.1 28 24 82 287 0.891
2009 31 TBR 5 4 4.81 73 4 67.1 59 33 69 90 1.366
2010 32 TBR 2 1 2.28 57 0 55.1 43 17 56 172 1.084
2011 33 OAK 5 2 2.47 62 2 62.0 44 20 59 163 1.032
2012 34 OAK 3 2 2.53 75 24 74.2 41 28 72 154 0.924
2013 35 OAK 1 3 2.59 65 38 62.2 48 27 72 145 1.197 AS
10 Yrs 28 17 3.27 463 72 473.0 354 207 514 128 1.186
162 Game Avg. 4 2 3.27 68 11 69 52 30 75 128 1.186
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/28/2013.
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