3:45 PM Update:
Adam Rubin writes on Twitter, “I’m told point blank from ultra-reliable Mets source: Mets had same offer to Balfour as Rays, but he preferred living in Florida.”
3:00 PM Original Post:
The former Oakland A’s closer chose the Rays because of its proximity to his Clearwater, Florida home, says Rosenthal. Balfour also pitched for the Rays from 2007-10, so I’m sure that was a consideration as well.
Balfour, 36, had an All Star season in 2013, saving 38 games and posting a 2.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 62.2 innings for the A’s.
Obviously, this would have been a nice grab by the Mets, but I’m a little surprised that they were willing to add a reliever with this pedigree and at these prices to be quite honest. I wonder if something is up with Bobby Parnell…