Earlier today, as reported on ESPN.com by Mike Oz, the Baltimore Orioles were supposed to be holding a press conference to announce Grant Balfour as their new closer, but following his physical, the deal that was agreed to earlier in the week appears to have been called off.
It was reported the issue is with Balfour’s shoulder. Balfour, 35, saved 38 games for the A’s last season. Baltimore is looking to replace Jim Johnson, whom it traded to the A’s earlier this offseason.
The Balfour news is the second blow to the Baltimore bullpen Friday. Left-hander Troy Patton was suspended 25 games by MLB after testing positive for an amphetamine and thus violating the league’s drug policy.
Grant Balfour is considering filing a grevience against the Baltimore Orioles. Does Grant Balfour have legitimate grievance against Orioles? He will most likely seek a second opinion from a doctor outside the Baltimore Orioles organization and if the doctors determine he’s healthy, Balfour will surely have a valid case against the O’s.
- Grant Balfour deal with Orioles falls apart after physical (sbnation.com)
- O’s not signing Balfour, cite physical results (espn.go.com)
- Grant Balfour Loses Deal with Baltimore Orioles After Failing Physical (bleacherreport.com)