A’s likely to retain Grant Balfour, unclear about Jonny Gomes

A’s GM Billy Beane has indicated he intends to retain RHP Grant Balfour for the 2013 season, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Balfour, 34, went 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 75 relief appearances for Oakland in 2012. He signed a two-year, $8.1 million contract with the A’s before the 2011 season – his deal includes a $4.5 million club option for 2013 with a $350,000 buyout.

Meanwhile, Jane Lee of MLB.com says the A’s would like to bring OF Jonny Gomes back next season, although A’s manager Bob Melvin said Gomes’ situation is a “work in progress.”

Gomes, 31, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the A’s this past January. He hit .262 with 18 home runs and 47 RBI in 279 at-bats over 99 games with Oakland in 2012.