Also can confirm the Orioles have a multi-year on the table w/ closer Grant Balfour. Duq seemed pretty confident today they'd land 1 soon.
Indians have talked with Grant Balfour, sources say. They need a closer.
San Francisco Chronicle "Free-agent closer Grant Balfour, who set an A's team record for consecutive saves last season, is attracting notice from several deep-pocketed potential contenders, including the Tigers and Yankees, according to a major-league source. Other interested teams include the Rockies, Angels and..." November 08
MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have announced that they will not extend qualifying offers to free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour. Neither player will require a new team to sacrifice a draft pick this winter. The move isn't surprising, given the $14.1MM value of a qualifying offer. Colon would've been..." November 04
San Francisco Chronicle "Not that manager Bob Melvin would dare utter the words publicly at least not until his A's clinch a playoff spot. But the words certainly have been used behind closed doors where the team's decision-makers are mapping it all out. "Playoff rotation." For a team with a magic number of six and..." September 19
CSN Bay Area "The A’s find themselves alone in first place for the first time in a month. On Friday they showed what’s enabled them to make the climb atop the American League West – an offense that’s discovered a variety of different ways to score runs and keep pressure up on opponents. They also..." September 07
San Francisco Chronicle "In a sea of minor-leaguers wearing road grays, two players stood out because they sported white pants - and major-league arms. The A's were off Wednesday, and the only activity was at their minor-league complex at Papago Park, so that's where closer Grant Balfour and starter Jarrod Parker did..." March 07
San Francisco Chronicle "Manager Bob Melvin said that the only issue with Grant Balfour's recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery is the fear the A's closer will try to do too much. "I saw him trying to sneak into a drill the other day," Melvin said. "It's more trying to keep him out of things." Balfour actually..." February 26
Oakland Tribune "The most impressive thing about Grant Balfour's rebound from Thursday's surgery wasn't the fact that he got to the A's Phoenix Municipal Stadium clubhouse at 7 a.m. as usual Friday. It wasn't that he started right in on his rehab work just 18 hours after surgery to repair a right knee meniscus..." February 16
San Francisco Chronicle "Oakland's first injury of the spring is not a major one, but it is to a key contributor: Closer Grant Balfour will miss four to six weeks with a meniscus tear in his right knee. Balfour could well be ready for Opening Day - he had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday, and the recovery estimate includes..." February 15
SI.com "Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday afternoon. The A's made the announcement that the right-hander is expected to miss four to six weeks, and decided to have the procedure now with the hopes of returning for the start of the..." February 14
Grant Balfour undergoing knee surgery today. He'll be out 4-6 weeks.