Rays sign relief pitcher Balfour

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Tampa Bay Rays have completed a deal to bring Australian pitcher Grant Balfour back to the organization after three years at the Oakland A's.

The announcement that Balfour had penned his two-year, $12 million deal was made at the Tampa Museum of Art after the team tweeted they were to announce some 'baseball-related activity' earlier in the day. 

Balfour, 36, served as an opener for the Rays during his previous tenure, but he appears set to come in as the club's closer this season. 

Last week, Balfour was reported to be close to signing a deal with the Nationals.

In December, the Australia native agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Orioles, but that deal fell through when Baltimore said he failed his physical due to problems with his right shoulder. Balfour's agent then came out with statements from two doctors saying this was not the case. 

Balfour pitched for the Rays from 2007-10, posting a 14-7 record and eight saves with a 3.33 ERA in 203 appearances.

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