Nationals showing interest in Grant Balfour

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The Washington Nationals are reportedly showing interest in relief pitcher Grant Balfour.

Already the Nationals have Rafael Soriano as their closer but Ken Rosenthal notes that they can avoid his $14 million option for 2015 by having him finish less then 62 games this coming season.

Adding Balfour would aide in that plan and give the Nationals another closer option for 2015 if he were to sign a multi-year deal.

Balfour had a two-year offer from Baltimore worth $14 million fall though in December after the team had concerns about his knee.

The addition of Balfour could come at the expense of Drew Storen. Currently owned $3.45 in 2014 and due raises in 2015 and 2016 the Nationals may opt to trade him now. Currently Storen is slated to pitch in the seventh inning but had 45 saves just two years ago. There could be plenty of interest from other teams should the Nationals choose to trade him.

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