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Orioles backed out of deal with Grant Balfour due to concerns over his wrist and knee

Jan 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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It was reported last month that the condition of Grant Balfour‘s right shoulder was the reason behind the Orioles backing out of a two-year, $15 million contract, but it turns out that they had other health concerns in mind.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the “red flags” that came up were actually about Balfour’s wrist and knee. Rays team doctor Koco Eaton didn’t find anything wrong with Balfour’s shoulder after the deal with the Orioles blew up, so this at least adds some clarity to the situation.

While it’s unclear which knee was a concern to the Orioles, it’s worth noting that Balfour required right knee surgery last February. He went on to post a 2.59 ERA and 72/27 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings while notching 38 saves in 41 chances.

As Balfour continues to look for an opportunity elsewhere, the Orioles appear content to move forward with in-house options at closer. Tommy Hunter is considered the favorite for the role.

  1. chacochicken - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    The concern with Balfour’s wrist and knee are mostly due to being attached to a 36 year old man.

  2. clydeserra - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I don’t see how this information being public would help them in a grievance filed by Balfour

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    At least they signed Delmon Young to appease the fan base. That’ll go over well.

  4. mlbfeces - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Any pitcher with a name like Balfour(Ball four) is just a bad omen!

  5. tridecagon - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    It’s not just that his name is Balfour, it’s that his first name is Grant. Grant Ball Four? Come on, it’s out of the Sunday comics or something.

    Yeah, I know, he’s been in the league forever and it shouldn’t be that funny. Still can’t get past it though.

  6. vincentbojackson - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    I’d be more concerned with what’s wrong with him between the ears.

    The guy’s got a screw loose.

  7. ilovethedh - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    It’s obvious the majority of you don’t know a thing about MLB or the sport itself. As for the gent commenting about Delmon Young… Sarcasm?

  8. sonsoflombardi - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    ilovethedh, the fact that you could not pick up on the sarcasm of the Delmon Young comment leads me to believe that you yourself “don’t know a thing about MLB or the sport itself”. Seriously, what baseball fan in their right mind would think that signing would be well received by the Baltimore fan base?

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