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 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]




  1. phil says:

    Will they use all their draft picks because of all the dollars they will need to spend or do they stock pile all their picks into a heck of a nucleus in 2016?

    So far they have 2 in the first round at least 4 comp picks and 1 2nd round which could grow to 2 more comp picks and another 2nd round pick (Balfour and Qualls) that gives 10 picks in the top 90...and 7 of those in the top 50.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Hard to say. I hope it means they will use one or two and take a stab at a player they might normally avoid. Those guys with big upsides but there might be some signability concerns. With so many picks, it's fine if two or three go unsigned. But maybe Rays will get lucky and one or two of them do sign for a decent price. That would make this draft very valuable.

  2. Ben says:

    But why can't we just keep Balfour?

  3. Ben says:

    Lets re-sign that Ausie mofo!


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