Now before I get laughed off the board, I still think Balfour would be a worthy risk. He's finally healthy, and has been very good in AAA this season.
Brewers designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment.
He goes to make room for Scott Linebrink. Balfour had a 20.25 ERA in three appearances for the Brewers, but it's hard to imagine him clearing waivers with the way he pitched in the minors this year. Our guess is that he rejoins the Reds.
He's got a great arm, and should be had for nothing. I would love to see the Reds pick him up and see what he can do in the pen the rest of the year. There's no money guaranteed for future seasons, so at worst, he bombs and adds nothing. If it works out, the Reds have a potentially useful reliever for next season.
He's the type the Reds need to take chances on IMO. A high K guy that needs a chance to see if they can get his arm ironed out. If he can find the plate with any kind of regularity there should be a use for him.
Minor League Stats this season:
Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
HUN SOU 0 0 2.38 8 0 0 0 2 11.1 8 3 3 0 4 21 0.63 .190
NAS PCL 1 1 1.69 24 0 0 0 5 32.0 17 6 6 2 11 47 0.85 .157