FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote in a January 19, 2014 article about sources of his who told him the Washington Nationals were interested in free agent reliever Grant Balfour, the 36-year-old now-former Oakland A's closer who ended up signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.
This past weekend at NatsFest in the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, Nats' General Manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that the Nationals pursued Balfour.
"You don't take it personally," Stanford grad and Nationals closer Drew Storen said. "It's just part of it. It's flattering that another team would want you too."
"We were in on Balfour," Rizzo said. "We thought that there was a value there."
The veteran reliever opted to play closer to his Florida home according to the Nationals' GM.
In addition to what his sources told him about the Nats' interest in Balfour, FOXSports.com's Mr. Rosenthal reported that he was told the Nationals, "...would like to trade Storen, who will earn $3.45 million this season."
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