The Cleveland Indians have talked to free agent closer Grant Balfour, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Indians have talked with Grant Balfour, sources say. They need a closer.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2013
The Tribe recently parted ways with closer Chris Perez and has been linked to new potential closers for the 2014 season. The Austrailian Balfour has also reportedly been drawing interest from the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels and his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Balfour registered a 2.59 ERA and 72/27 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings this past season for the Athletics, saving 38 games. The 35-year old has thrown at least 55 innings every season since 2008, and has struck out 514 batters through 473 career innings.
Per ESPN’s Buster Olney, Perez is on hand in Orlando for the MLB winter meetings, taking in meetings face-to-face rather than sending representation.
Free agent reliever Chris Perez is on site meeting with teams in person. Smart move, given all the details of his 2013 season.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 9, 2013