Sources: Grant Balfour gets 2-year deal

Updated: January 14, 2011, 1:12 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The Oakland Athletics have agreed on a two-year, $8.1 million deal with reliever Grant Balfour, sources familiar with the negotiations told ESPN.com.

The contract also includes a club option for 2013.

Balfour, a 33-year-old right-hander, had a 2.28 ERA for Tampa Bay last season, but has had trouble finding the right fit this winter because he was a Type A free agent. Several interested teams backed off because signing him would have required them to give up their first-round draft ...

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