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Oh Crikey! Balfour to be Designated for Assignment

Per The St. Pete Times:

The Rays appear to have decided on their final bullpen slot as Grant Balfour was told before Friday's game he will be designated for assignment, which seems to mean Scott Dohmann made the team. Balfour said he hoped to be picked up on waivers by another team, but would be open to going to Triple-A Durham if he isn't claimed.

Well, if nothing else players out of options are being undervalued by teams this off-season which suggests Balfour could remain here. If not, the sunk cost is essentially Seth McClung, not a huge performance loss.

As for the vacant 40 man spot we'd have an extra even after Rocco is (presumably) placed on the 60 day disabled list. Assuming one spot goes to Eric Hinske the Rays could possibly be looking at adding someone via trade soon.