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07:19 AM ET 10.11 | Oakland's season now over, so, too might be the tenure of Grant Balfour. [Balfour] broke a record held by an A's Hall of Famer this year, but he may have thrown his final outing for the team. The fiery Australian closer is now a free agent, and given Oakland's general reluctance to spend money on relievers and the depth and quality of the young arms in Oakland's bullpen, it's unlikely the team will opt to bring him back. "Probably, it's a good chance that's my last pitch with these guys," Balfour said after working a 1-2-3 ninth Thursday. ... Balfour, who broke Dennis Eckersley's consecutive saves record, with 44, was named to his first All-Star team this season. He said he'd like to come back to Oakland if at all possible, though he acknowledged it will be tough.

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October 11, 2013  07:21 AM ET

Ball Four.................






He walks ?????

October 11, 2013  08:41 AM ET

It was a nice run by the A's but Verlander showed up with his no hit stuff last night.

October 11, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Come to a winner Belfour like the MIGHTY DETROIT TIGERS!

October 11, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It was a nice run by the A's but Verlander showed up with his no hit stuff last night.

JV stunk during the play-offs and was on during the season last year. But this year he stunk up the place and so far he's kicking butt in the play-offs.

October 11, 2013  09:49 AM ET

It is another example of one of the problems in baseball, small markets teams cannot pay big money for some position players or relievers, so Balfour will pitch for one of the big market teams in 14.

October 11, 2013  09:52 AM ET

I enjoyed him when he was here playing for the Rays. It will be interesting to see where he lands.

October 11, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It is another example of one of the problems in baseball, small markets teams cannot pay big money for some position players or relievers, so Balfour will pitch for one of the big market teams in 14.

NOt sure if I'd classify it a problem. its clear the small market teams can compete given a different strategy. 5 of the 10 playoff teams come from small markets

October 11, 2013  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ball Four.................He walks ?????

Nice.

Come to Cleveland, Bro.

Perez is a goner too.

October 11, 2013  02:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Come to a winner Belfour like the MIGHTY DETROIT TIGERS!

That would make for an interesting clubhouse dynamic with Victor Martinez...
"WELCOME TO THE EFFING TIGERS, BEEYTCH!!!"
"THANKS A EFFING HEAP, BEEYTCH!!!"

 
October 12, 2013  10:59 AM ET

You've got to like his fire.

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