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Rays designate reliever Balfour for assignment
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays designate reliever Balfour for assignment

Published Apr. 18, 2015 11:39 p.m. ET


Grant Balfour's rocky stint with the Tampa Bay Rays has reached an end.

The team designated the veteran reliever for assignment Saturday night, after he allowed a grand slam to Chris Young in the top of the seventh inning during the New York Yankees' 9-0 victory at Tropicana Field.


Consequently, the Rays promoted reliever Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham.

Balfour, 37, never realized what Tampa Bay's management envisioned for him when he signed a two-year, $12 million contract on Jan. 23, 2014. An All-Star with the Oakland Athletics in 2013, he was signed to be the Rays' closer last season. But he was demoted from that role in June as part of a campaign in which he posted a 4.91 ERA and three blown saves in 62 1/3 innings.

Balfour had allowed no runs and two hits in five appearances this season before he walked three batters and surrendered the grand slam Saturday. He's scheduled to make $7 million this year.

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