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Grant Balfour: Option Picked Up For 2013
Update: The A's exercised Balfour's option for 2013, the team's official Twitter reports.

Recommendation: Balfour will earn $4.5 million after proving rock-solid down the stretch for the A's and finishing with a 2.53 ERA and 24 saves. Despite losing the closing gig to Ryan Cook in June, Balfour eventually regained the role and didn't look back, giving up six runs in 31.2 innings after the All-Star break while holding opposing batters to a .131 average. He'll enter 2013 as the A's clear end-game option.

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