Might Grant Balfour be pitching in Baltimore next season? According to Roch Kubatko of MASN.com, that is a definite possibility.
Kubatko says the Orioles have “definite interest” and notes that the compensation price must not be a deterrent. The Mad Australian is a Type A free agent, but since the Orioles have one of the top 15 picks in the draft, their first round pick is protected. Therefore, if Balfour signs with the O’s, the Rays would receive a sandwhich pick between the first and second round and the O’s second round pick (approximately #55).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays could receive another draft pick if Chad Qualls signs with another team. And according to Qualls’ agent, there are six teams interested in the reliever. [MLB Trade Rumors]