OAKLAND, CA - MAY 18: Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Minnesota Twins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 18, 2011 in Oakland, California. Balfour is from Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Athletics and Mets would seem to be a good match for a possible trade for Grant Balfour. The Mets are actively looking for relief help and Balfour has been throwing well of late. Plus, he has a contractual option for 2013, and Oakland is open to making deals now.
Ken Davidoff of The New York Post reported earlier this week that the Mets are looking outside the organization for bullpen help. Balfour was one of several pitchers Davidoff speculated New York would target, along with Brett Myers of the Houston Astros and Huston Street of the San Diego Padres.
So far this season, Balfour has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 2.61 and 1.026 with 7.1 SO/9 and 3.6 BB/9. Over his two seasons in Oakland, the 34-year-old has posted an ERA and WHIP of 2.52 and 1.030.
Balfour is making $4 million this season and his contract includes a $4.5 million team option for 2013 or a $350,000 buyout.