The Rays Tank: Balfour is here

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And there may not be room for both an Australian closer and an on-time tank. You are warned, people.

Grant Balfour's signing was announced yesterday in a much-hyped press conference. We can analyze the deal all we want, but to experience the drama, you would have needed to be at the press conference. You would have needed to be an insider. Luckily, Steve Kinsella is, and he appeared yesterday on ESPN 1040, the Whitney Johnson experience, to discuss the Rays, Balfour, and "the atmosphere at the press conference." Give him a listen.

Tommy Rancel gave his take on the Balfour signing, and described how Balfour has changed over the years.

And Jeff Sullivan talks Balfour deal and closer carousel as well.

Other Links

There's a really fun series going on at Beyond the Box Score, evaluating the best and worst of every different pitch type in baseball. The most recent edition is two-seam fastballs/sinkers, and it's dominated by Rays. David Price had the best two-seamer among starters, and Jake McGee had the best two-seamer among relievers. Caveat: Jake McGee's fastball is so crazy, I'm not often sure what's a two-seamer and what's a four-seamer, but either way, it's crazy good.

Jason Hanselman continues his good work, establishing a record of the batting tendencies for the Rays, with an exploration of Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings.

Scott Lindholm examines strikes outside the strike zone, and asks the question of whether or not they're a part of pitcher skill.

Brand Johnson ruminates on opt-out clauses, and why both players and teams like them.

Balfour is already back in the Trop, pitching in warm ups:

And finally, The Hardball Times will be rolling out a new version of itself this week. THT was the first baseball stats website I discovered, and is responsible in large part for both my interest in baseball and much of the way I think about the sport. Dave Studeman has done a great job there, and I'm sure he'll continue to do good work, in whatever form that happens to be.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker