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Dodgers have let it be known they plan to go all-out in their efforts to sign Masahiro Tanaka, saying they and certainly won't be out-bid.
The Dodgers new television deal is for something like $867 trillion dollars so they can basically outspend everyone on the planet if they want to add someone. It's not like the Dodgers need more starters, not if Josh Beckett or Chad Billingsley is healthy enough to hold down the 5th spot in the rotation. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender