Grant Balfour has been named the Oakland Athletics closer, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Balfour pitched 62 innings out of the pen for the Athletics last season, posting a 2.47 ERA and two saves on the year. It was his first season with the Athletics. The 33-year-old has a career 3.57 ERA in 323 appearances, however has never held a closer position. In total he has 10 career saves.