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Grant Balfour, Orioles saga continues

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10:19 AM ET 12.22 | The soap opera between the Orioles and Grant Balfour gets weirder by the day. How's his shoulder? Is it healthy? Is it not? He did have major surgery on it back in 2005, but he's never missed time because of his shoulder since. Where's the truth? That depends on who you ask. The latest turn came Friday night when Balfour, a closer known for not backing down on the mound, called Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette to get in the last word, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I called Dan Duquette and told him, "I've played in this league for 10 years," Balfour told the Chronicle. "I deserve to be treated with respect, and you did not treat me with respect. Two well-respected physicians said I am completely healthy -- because I am healthy. I'm a fighter and a winner and I would have given you your best chance to win. I was looking forward to pitching for the Orioles and helping them to go to the World Series, where they haven't been for 30 years. I wanted to help them as a team."

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December 22, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Dear Mr. Balfour. Shuuutttt it up. We do not care what YOUR physicians determine. Got it. Please read the LARGE PRINT. You must pass the TEAM physical. Have Merry Christmas, Peter and Dan.

December 22, 2013  11:18 AM ET

Dude seems a little unstable................

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December 22, 2013  01:14 PM ET

Any doubt or regret that the Orioles might have had about standing down on signing Balfour has been eliminated. Trouble avoided.

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