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Will Balfour leave O's in the lurch?

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07:33 AM ET 12.17 | Is Baltimore, which may have lost Brian Roberts to the Yankees, any closer to adding a closer? The Orioles still have a two-year offer on the table for Grant Balfour, refusing to include a guaranteed third year, according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations. I've heard from one source that Balfour's agent is now seeking a vesting option for 2016 after initially holding out for a third year. So far, the Orioles haven't budged. However, a team source indicated that they might consider adding a vesting option to their proposal. It's under consideration at this point. Balfour, who turns 36 later this month, has posted ERAs of 2.28, 2.47, 2.53 and 2.59 over the last four seasons. He registered 38 saves for the Athletics this year and allowed 48 hits, walked 27 and struck out 72 in 62 2/3 innings.

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December 17, 2013  09:10 AM ET

The guy is a good pitcher, as a reliever he's just passing puberty, watch out the Yankees don't sign him! At 36 he's still a young man!

December 17, 2013  09:23 AM ET

If I am the O's I would take my chances with Hunter and maybe sign wild man Perez as a backup and let Balfour walk with his guarantee three deal he wants at his age.

December 17, 2013  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The guy is a good pitcher, as a reliever he's just passing puberty, watch out the Yankees don't sign him! At 36 he's still a young man!

Actually, the Yankees SHOULD sign him, he has been a proven closer the last two years and is a good clubhouse guy....and the Yankees need a closer.

December 17, 2013  12:07 PM ET

which it means,,,they may ended empty handed and do not blame the media or the fn dudes!!

December 17, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They'll likely still get Balfour, but the O's have curiously elected to do nothing this off-season.

which it means,,,they may ended empty handed and do not blame the media or the fn dudes!!

December 17, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Actually, the Yankees SHOULD sign him, he has been a proven closer the last two years and is a good clubhouse guy....and the Yankees need a closer.

the yankees should but that doesn't mean they will,when a team hesitate to long things tend to swing the other way,and good bye options!!!

December 17, 2013  12:22 PM ET

maybe the yankees are waiting on Rodney for a lower offer agreements!!!

 
December 17, 2013  11:13 PM ET

Balfour does accept a 2yr/$14M deal from the O's.

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