Grant Balfour

  • [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir And Howell To Pitch In World Baseball Classic

    [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir And Howell To Pitch In World Baseball Classic

    January 16, 2009 at 11:26 am 5 comments

    A couple of quick programming notes…We will be back later today for our weekly look at the 2009 roster lineup and payroll projections. After that we will be working on some changes around here. As a result, at some point this weekend, we will be offline for a few hours. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Arbitration Deadline Looms For Five Rays

    [THE HANGOVER] Arbitration Deadline Looms For Five Rays

    January 7, 2009 at 9:31 am 0 comments

    The Rays have five players that are arbitration-eligible: Dioner Navarro, Jason Bartlett, Gabe Gross, Grant Balfour, Willy Aybar. The Rays will have until January 19 to reach an agreement with each of these players prior to filing arbitration numbers. The Rays have a strict “file-and-go” policy. Once arbitration numbers have […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Happy Birthday To Grant Balfour And Sandy Koufax; AJ Pierzynski, No So Much

    [THE HANGOVER] Happy Birthday To Grant Balfour And Sandy Koufax; AJ Pierzynski, No So Much

    December 30, 2008 at 11:22 am 0 comments

    Happy Birthday to Grant Balfour, who is 31 years old today. We are not sure what that is in Australian years since toilets flush backwards down under*. He shares a birthday with arguably the greatest pitcher to ever live, Sandy Koufax, 73, who went 27-9 with a 190 ERA+ in […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Red Sox Say They Are Out Of Teixeira Sweepstakes

    [THE HANGOVER] Red Sox Say They Are Out Of Teixeira Sweepstakes

    December 19, 2008 at 11:06 am 9 comments

    Just the links today. DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA… I appeared with Tyler Hissey yesterday on the “Rays Digest Podcast.” If you missed it, you can catch all the action here. [Rays Digest] In a surprising turn of events, the Red Sox say they are out of the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes. [MLB […]

     
  • [JONNY TERRIFIC] Jonny Gomes Non-Tendered By Rays, Now A Free Agent

    [JONNY TERRIFIC] Jonny Gomes Non-Tendered By Rays, Now A Free Agent

    December 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm 12 comments

    Marc Topkin is reporting that Jonny Gomes has been non-tendered by the Rays and is now a free agent. The Rays did offer arbitration to the remaining five players that were arbitration-eligible (Willy Aybar, Grant Balfour, Jason Bartlett, Gabe Gross, Dioner Navarro). With the Rays offering Gross arbitration, it suggests […]

     
  • [THE MAD AUSTRALIAN] Balfour To Use WBC Participation As Chip During Contract Negotiations

    [THE MAD AUSTRALIAN] Balfour To Use WBC Participation As Chip During Contract Negotiations

    December 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

    A couple of weeks ago we took a look at the toll of the 2008 season on the Rays’ pitching staff. The Rays have already tightened the reigns on the pitchers this off-season, several of whom will have delayed 2009 debuts in spring training. One event that could derail the […]

     
  • [TROY PERCIVAL] Percival Not As Bad In ’08 As You Might Think

    [TROY PERCIVAL] Percival Not As Bad In ’08 As You Might Think

    November 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm 2 comments

    Yesterday we linked to a story by Joe Posnanski in which he rated managers on their decisions to intentionally walk batters and how often it comes back to bite the manager in the butt (If you missed it, the short version is Posnanski finally found something Papa Joe sucks at). […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Joe Resnick Knows Little About Rays, Still Pens Column

    [THE HANGOVER] Joe Resnick Knows Little About Rays, Still Pens Column

    November 6, 2008 at 9:46 am 16 comments

    Joe Resnick talked to Joe Maddon at the GM meetings about his upcoming honeymoon and about the Rays offseason plans. Joe Resnick didn’t do his homework. A couple of the idiotic things written by Resnick: “The Rays’ top priorities are to settle their bullpen, find a regular right fielder and […]

     
  • [WORLD SERIES] Continuation Of Game 5 Postponed

    [WORLD SERIES] Continuation Of Game 5 Postponed

    October 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm 6 comments

    The St. Pete Times is reporting that Major League Baseball has already postponed tonight’s continuation of game 5. According to the press release from MLB, the game is tentatively scheduled for 8:37pm tomorrow (Wednesday). Don’t think Fox TV’s desire to keep “House M.D.” from being postponed was not a factor […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays 3.5 Innings From Regaining Homefield Advantage

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays 3.5 Innings From Regaining Homefield Advantage

    October 28, 2008 at 8:43 am 13 comments

    Click on above images to be taken to full standings, box scores or schedule… THE GOOD: No more Cole Hamels. The Rays are now 3 and a half innings away from sending the series back to the Trop and regaining home field advantage. And with last’s night game being suspended, […]