Balfour reaches deal with A’s

Free-agent reliever Grant Balfour has reached a multiyear contract with the Oakland Athletics, a major-league source told Balfour still needs to pass a physical.

The deal will include two guaranteed years plus club options and guarantee the reliever $8.1 million.

Even before adding Balfour, the A’s had perhaps the best overall pitching staff in the American League.

Balfour becomes the latest prominent player to depart the Tampa Bay Rays, who won the American League East last year but now have little in the way of big-dollar talent.