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Balfour deal going south?

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07:36 AM ET 12.20 | Not so fast? The Orioles had planned to introduce new closer Grant Balfour during a press conference Friday morning, but the club's two-year, $15 million deal with Balfour may be in jeopardy because of something found during the player's physical, according to an industry source. The source wouldn't go as far to say the deal is in "serious jeopardy," but Friday's press conference has been postponed for now. The Orioles agreed to terms with Balfour on Tuesday, pending a physical, but if the deal falls through, the Orioles would have to reset their pursuit of another closer to replace Jim Johnson in a shrinking free-agent market. During last week's winter meetings, the Orioles focused on Balfour exclusively before the club made offers to other closing candidates. A third guaranteed year became a sticking point.

The Baltimore Sun

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December 20, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Maybe Billy Beane knew this also and that is the reason the A's let him walk.

December 20, 2013  09:21 AM ET

It wouldn't surprise me if he was juicing. He lived near me when he played for the Rays and I ran into him a few times. He's ripped. Much bigger than he looks in pictures.

December 20, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It wouldn't surprise me if he was juicing. He lived near me when he played for the Rays and I ran into him a few times. He's ripped. Much bigger than he looks in pictures.

Wrong thread moose.

December 20, 2013  12:13 PM ET

its that so?another Napoli's type of injury??

December 20, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It has not been a good winter for the Orioles, to say the least.

the turttle its faster than the orioles themselves!!!

December 20, 2013  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It wouldn't surprise me if he was juicing. He lived near me when he played for the Rays and I ran into him a few times. He's ripped. Much bigger than he looks in pictures.

Who knows? He does seem wound just a little too tight when he's on the mound.

December 20, 2013  01:11 PM ET

A WS is just a pipe dream in B'More

 
December 20, 2013  08:40 PM ET

I guess the O's have decided not to sign Balfour after all.

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