Will he or won’t he be traded? – Grant Balfour we mean
Why He Could Be Traded
Balfour, part of the vaunted Rays bullpen last season that was completely dismantled in free agency, has been lights out once again as a setup man. However, the Athletics are out of the race in the AL West, and with Balfour due to make $4 million next season and the small market team in need of several pieces in the lineup to contend, they could look to move Balfour to free up that money.
Why He Won’t Be Traded
Considering the success that Balfour has had throughout his career, the Athletics will not be looking to simply dump his salary and will want at least one solid prospect in return. Considering the money he is owed and what it will take to get him, coupled with the fact that this is the deepest relief pitching crop on the market in years, could very well mean that Balfour stays put.