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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Orioles Rumors: Baltimore's deal with Grant Balfour in 'serious jeopardy' due to issues with physical


By on 12/19/2013 07:39:00 PM

The Baltimore Orioles agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with Grant Balfour with the thought that he would replace Jim Johnson as the teams closer. They were set to announce the signing on Friday, but something unexpected happened that may cause the deal to fall through.

Issues with Balfour's physical have put the deal in "serious jeopardy," according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. He adds that it is "very possible" that the deal falls through.

In February, Balfour missed four-to-six weeks due to a knee injury, but it isn't known if that is the cause of the sudden uncertainty of a deal happening.

In order to make a deal work, the Orioles may have to restructure a deal to protect themselves. If that doesn't happen, they may have to restart their search for a new closer. Stay tuned here for more on the situation.

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