Olney: Mets "seem to match up" for a deal for Balfour

In a post to Twitter, ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Mets and A’s “seem to match up” for a deal for RHP Grant Balfour.

In 11 appearances in the month of June, Balfour has a 0.71 ERA, having allowed a run on six hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

Overall, Balfour, 34, is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA with eight holds and seven saves in 37 games so far this season.

Balfour signed a two-year, $8.1 million deal with the A’s in January, 2011. The A’s hold a $4.5 million option on him for 2013 with a $350,000 buyout.

On Wednesday in the New York Post, Ken Davidoff said the Mets are looking outside the organization for bullpen help and are expected to be involved in trade talks for Balfour, Padres closer Huston Street, and Astros RHP Brett Myers.


Michael Baron: There’s no question the Mets need to look outside the organization for relief help. Their internal options have not only been exhausted, but have been underwhelming, and they need to find some stability and consistency late in games. Balfour would seem to fit that criteria. He’s a guy who relies mostly on a low 90s fastball but will mix in an occasional slider to keep the hitter honest. His fastball has diminished slightly over the last year, and his walks are up from 2.9 per nine innings last year to 3.55 per nine innings this year. Still, he has an extended track record of reliability, he throws strikes, and is versatile in the bullpen – that is something the Mets badly need to find.