Balfour Chose Rays Because of Location



Update: A club official says that the team did not beat the Rays’ offer on Balfour, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports (Twitter links.)

The Mets offered Grant Balfour a larger deal than the two-year, $12MM pact he signed with the Rays, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). The closer instead chose Tampa because of its proximity to his Clearwater, Florida home, says Rosenthal, and may also have considered the impact of Florida’s lack of state income taxes.

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