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UPDATE: Orioles haven’t made offer to Nelson Cruz

Dec 11, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

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The Orioles have been pretty quiet at this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but it sounds like that could change soon.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have made offers to outfielder Nelson Cruz and closer Grant Balfour. No word on the specifics, but the thought is that they are willing to offer Cruz something similar to Curtis Granderson‘s four-year, $60 million deal with the Mets or even go above it if need be. The Orioles would have to give up their first-round pick (No. 17 overall) in order to sign him. As for Balfour, he will almost certainly require a multi-year agreement.

While Heyman writes that Balfour is Baltimore’s first choice to replace the recently-traded Jim Johnson as closer, they are monitoring the market for alternatives. On that note, FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi hears that the club is still in discussions with Joaquin Benoit and John Axford. Former Indians closer Chris Perez is also a possibility.

UPDATE: Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun hears from a club source that the Orioles have not made an offer to Cruz. That’s the Winter Meetings for you.

UPDATE II: And now we have a second report, this time from Roch Kubatko of, that the Orioles haven’t made an offer to Cruz. They are said to be looking at other lefty bats.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Did any other teams also not make an offer to Cruz? I know the way these things can snowball in an instant. Pretty soon Cruz will be drowning in all of the offers he is not getting. Man, PEDs.

  2. annapterp - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Say no to Cruz. Texas would have a World Series championship if he wasn’t such a terrible defensive outfielder. Add that to the PED’s and he’s not worth near the money he’s looking for!

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