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Balfour left money on the table

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07:31 AM ET 01.24 | Yes, Grant Balfour landed in the AL East, but well south of Baltimore and with the Rays. Balfour said he could have received more money elsewhere, but he wanted to return to Tampa Bay and play for manager Joe Maddon, calling it "home." "It has always been a place that has been on my radar," Balfour said. "To be honest, I never wanted to leave here." Balfour will give the team a proven closer, replacing Fernando Rodney. Balfour had agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal earlier this offseason with the Orioles, but the team pulled back because of concerns about his physical. Balfour was an All-Star last season for Oakland, saving 38 games while posting a 1-3 record and 2.59 ERA. "This is a big deal for us," owner Stuart Sternberg said. The 36-year-old right-hander spent 2007 to 2010 with the Rays.

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January 24, 2014  07:36 AM ET

Age Matters, Bro.

January 24, 2014  07:49 AM ET

The Mets offered more money and he turned it down, gee I wonder why? Could Terry and Sandy have something to do with it?

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January 24, 2014  09:00 AM ET

Good move by the Rays and Balfour.

 
January 24, 2014  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Good move by the Rays and Balfour.

The Rays look to have a solid bullpen this year.

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