Olney: Balfour appears match for Mets

June, 28, 2012
6/28/12
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LOS ANGELES -- The Mets likely will look to upgrade their bullpen if they remain in contention as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. And ESPN's Buster Olney believes the Mets line up well with the Oakland A's to try to acquire right-handed reliever Grant Balfour.

Balfour, a 34-year-old Aussie, is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA, seven saves and a 1.026 WHIP in 38 innings spanning 37 relief appearances this season.

Balfour is making $4 million in 2012, the second season of a two-year, $8.1 million deal. He has a $4.5 million team option for 2013, or a $350,000 buyout.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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