Balfour will be the Rays’ closer. He likely would have been the setup man to Bobby Parnell in Queens, which might have factored in his decision to sign with Tampa Bay.
The Yankees have to be thrilled that they won’t have to deal with the distraction that would have come with Alex Rodriguez every waking second of next season. And, oh yeah, they just got an additional $25 million to play with, too.
The Sydney, Australia, native was brilliant for Oakland in 2013, recording 38 saves in 41 opportunities and pitching to a 2.59 ERA. He struck out 72 and walked 27 in 62 2/3 innings.
Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games on Wednesday after testing positive for testosterone.
What the Mets really need is a new arm or two out there. That might be something for Sandy Alderson to consider well before the July 31 trade deadline.
Reid Brignac homered on a full count pitch leading off the bottom of the 11th inning Monday night, sending the Tampa Bay Rays into first place in the AL East with a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees.