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Orioles take issue with results of Tyler Colvin’s physical

Jan 22, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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The Orioles found themselves in a bit of controversy last month when they backed out of a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent reliever Grant Balfour. Balfour had a four-year-long streak with at least 55 innings pitched and a sub-2.60 ERA, but the O’s claimed they were concerned over his wrist and knee (which required surgery last February) — not his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Add another name to the “concern” pile. The Orioles signed outfielder Tyler Colvin last week, but ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have an issue with the results of Colvin’s physical.

More, from Crasnick:

The Yankees may have spent nearly half a billion dollars on free agents, but the Orioles take the cake for having the most interesting off-season thus far.

Colvin has battled injuries over the last two years. He suffered a collapsed lung in 2012 and was hampered by back problems late last season. It is believable that the Orioles would see something awry in his physical, but they’re almost to the point where they’re the boy crying wolf. The O’s will likely offer clarification on the situation in the coming days.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    “The O’s will likely offer clarification on the situation in the coming days.”

    Oh really? The O’s have yet to clarify the issues of Grant Balfour’s physical. And that was a month ago! By that logic, we’ll hear the issues of Colvin’s physical at his funeral!

    • Bill Baer - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      They clarified here: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/13/orioles-backed-out-of-deal-with-grant-balfour-due-to-concerns-over-his-wrist-and-knee/

      Not perfect, but better than silence.

      • flamethrower101 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        No, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that from a source. Not disputing his word or saying he’s wrong, but until the Orioles come out and say something, they haven’t clarified anything.

      • Bill Baer - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        I stand corrected.

      • louhudson23 - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:36 AM

        I never understood the notion that somehow the Orioles had clarified,confirmed or verified anything. A source said something.Whether this was a weak attempt to provide covering for their bush league move or a legitimate medical concern is completely unknown. Balfour claims he is medically fine and that he has been verified as such. No evidence to the contrary has been seen or heard,other than the source reporting knee and wrist. How this ever came to be “explained” is beyond me. This is the second article I have read here which construes the situation as closed and the O’s claims verified.The O’s backed out of an agreement and have given no verifiable justification for doing so.Period.

    • dowhatifeellike - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      HIPAA. They can’t talk about specifics without his permission, and I’m sure he’s not going to give it.

  2. zzalapski - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    It would be hilarious if the Orioles were concerned about that collapsed lung, considering it was caused by a nasty case of impalement by a friggin’ broken bat.

    • chacochicken - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Attracting splintered wood fragments is a pre-existing condition.

  3. chacochicken - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Ok, you know that contract we agreed in principal on? Yeah, well my owner says he doesn’t want to pay it now and he wants me to find a way to void this deal so now I have to make up a “problem” on the physical. Yes, that is why you had your team physical at that strip mall. That doc will say whatever we want him to. Yeah, I’m really sorry. Oh by the way, don’t repeat any of this or we’ll have the doc claim he sold you PEDs.

  4. sabatimus - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Is that Mr or Ms Source? Anybody check their credentials?

  5. rockthered1286 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Welp… At least paper bags are cheaper than the new O’s hat I was going buy.

    For those counting at home, Uncle Pete’s payroll has dropped nearly $25M from last year. So yanno. That whole “we’re close and will actively pursue the pieces to get this team over the hump” thing? Us fans may just be getting fleeced. But I mean that’s TOTALLY not in Uncle Pete’s character to hoard money and make the product on the field suffer, right? RIGHT?

    • tomtravis76 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Have a team win for a couple seasons, sell a bunch of ticket plans…pull the wool over and slash the payroll. Giving the old product on the raised rates.

      • flamethrower101 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        And the best part is MLB is too wrapped up in its resolution of the Rays’ and A’s stadium situations that it has decided that this does not deserve attention. What? There’s no resolution? Well what the hell are we waiting for!?

    • hmink96 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Taking a shot at Angelos is taking the easy road. It seems like most of the people around baseball have realized that to be competitive you need to build the team through the farm system, not free agency. That way you have a chance to sign your best players to extensions when they come around. Unless you think there are 1 or 2 players that could be signed for $25M, and push this team “over the hump”. Last I checked, you cant get an Ace, and a big DH bat for $25M.

      • southpaw2k - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        The Orioles have tried building their team through their farm system, namely with guys like Markakis, Wieters, Tillman, Machado, Gausman, and Bundy (though Bundy is obviously recovering from TJ surgery). They also built through trading for Jones and Davis. Ideally, once a team proves its ability to compete via small trades and the farm system, it should become attractive to free agents.

        How is this situation not the fault of Peter Angelos? Dan Duquette took the building blocks laid down by Andy MacPhail and added a few tweaks here and there. The team made the playoffs in 2012 and had another winning season last year. They should be pressing forward since their window of competing is closing, mostly because Wieters and Davis can cash in after 2015. While they can’t spend Monopoly money the way the Yankees or Dodgers can, they weren’t putting themselves in the red either. Sitting idly while most of the rest of the AL East bulks up doesn’t build much faith for what lies ahead in 2014.

      • rockthered1286 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        While I agree in principle on “building through the farm system” you can’t tell me that the top tier teams in this league like the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Tigers, RedSox, etc. are all perennial contenders simply because of their farm system. While they may have developed several good players from within, in order to get them to the next level they went out into FA and acquired the pieces necessary (unless you’re the Yanks then you develop no talent whatsoever and just buy it when it becomes available). The BoSox are a perfect example. They had plenty of talent in place, then made some offseason acquisitions via trade and free agency and look how that worked out for them last year. Meanwhile in Charm City, we have plenty of pieces in place- Jones, Hardy, Wieters, Crush and Manny are all great players on this roster. Markakis is solid in RF. We have a ton of mid-level talent in the rotation. Very solid bullpen even without JJ. Best D in baseball last year for the O’s. So what does that leave you with? Holes in LF, 2B, DH and the front end of your rotation. So which needs did we address? NONE. As it is, and has always been, Angelos kept a tight grip on his checkbook and wouldn’t allow Duke to get what he needs to take this team to the next level. Instead we see the opposite as the current parts in place are lesser players than what we had last year in McLouth (replaced by Lough), Jim Johnson (replaced by Hunter most likely which hurts our depth in the pen), Roberts (replaced by Flaherty) and as for DH… they have yet to even address it. I mean are they banking on Young? Ouch.

        Now rumor has it this morning that Duke has been given permission to get back to $100M which gives him roughly $18M to spend still, but look at the remains in FA- what can you possibly get of value? There are no true starters out there in terms of LF or 2B. DH you could upgrade from what you have but it would still produce either a laughable DH or cost you a draft pick and still be risky (hey there Nelson Cruz). As for pitching… it’s a waste of time. Arroyo and Santana are likely the best 2 out there, but they would simply add another mid-rotation arm to the staff who is in dire need of an ace. And truth be told, if that is best you can do in FA for a pitcher? I’d rather see Tillman, Chen, Gonzo, Chunk Norris and Gausman as the 5, with a possible bump up of Bundy and Rodriguez during the season. I can’t see how a guy like Arroyo would do anything to help this team anymore than what the O’s already have.

        In the end, the O’s are doing what they always do- make enough moves to stay afloat but refuse to open up the checkbook and improve the team, while the rest of the division continues to improve. Thanks Uncle Pete. Jerk.

  6. braven4evr - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    This organization is the Cleveland Browns of baseball! It has to be the worst in the game!

    • brewcrewchamps - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Jeff Loria takes offense to that statement.

      • cogitobaseballergosum - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Jeff Loria doesn’t believe in offense. Or defense. Or pitching….

      • doctornature - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        C’mon, now. Rumor has it that Loria has offered Stanton a ten yr/6 million extension, with an opt out after 9 years LOL.

  7. beachnbaseball - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    The Orioles are the Bad News Bears. What a complete laughing stock.

  8. xdj511 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Ahh the Orioles… the “Brave Sir Robin” of baseball. They almost signed Grant Balfour… they wet their pants at the thought of signing Tyler Colvin…

  9. justwinsomeday - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    The only definitive move the O’s have made this off season is raising ticket prices and eliminating the best ticket trade process in baseball.

    The only move I’ve made is NOT sending them my renewal….

  10. georgegsmiller - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Peter Angelos is a joke and the city of Baltimore (all O’s fans) deserves better. 2013 payroll: $92 million. 2014 payroll: (projected) $82 million. Let’s see Angelos not only collects this year from increased ticket prices but lets not forget the huge TV revenue from MASN Sports. Oh yeah, an additional $25 Million from MLB TV (2014-2021). Oh and lets not forget all of the merchandising, food, beverages and overall ticket sales to one of the nicest (if not the nicest) ball parks in all of MLB. How do you feel now, O’s fans? Better or worse?

    I have been a huge O’s fan since the Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer days as well. I do not blame Duquette or Showalter either. We all know who signs the checks and signs off on any deals. Mr. Angelos is keeping this franchise from growing into a powerhouse and would rather save $$ for himself. Remember the promises made by the front office saying the O’s were “going to be players” this off season, when it came to adding a Free Agent Pitcher, DH, and a corner OF? Well, we are still waiting!!

    In terms of Baseball markets look at the Washington Nats… they have a payroll of around $115 million for this yr and they are still battling Mr. Angelos in court regarding the MASN TV agreement (receiving a larger percentage of the TV revenue). Yet they pay for free agents and REALIZE they are contenders. Yes, they want more $$ from the TV deal with MASN (again Mr. Angelos will not give up his riches to Washington) but are still willing to pay for free agents.

    One last thing Baltimore sells as many if not more tickets per game as the Washington Nats. Yet Peter Angelos will not spend a dime this year on improving the team. It’s all there folks. Follow the $$$ and you will see where Baltimore will finish this year… under 500 and most likely in last place. Thanks a lot Pete.

  11. yordo - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    The Orioles just have higher standards than the rest of us. They’re an elite franchise.

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