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The Orioles back out of their deal with Tyler Colvin

Jan 24, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

Orioles gonna Oriole:


We first heard about this the other day as the team and Colvin were supposed to be finalizing the major league deal they reached in mid-January. We’d normally think little of this sort of thing, but this comes on the heels of Baltimore backing out of their deal with Grant Balfour.

At this point I’m not sure why anyone would want to go down the road to signing a contract with Baltimore. If they get dinged on the physical it’ll cost them a good deal of money.

  1. baseballisboring - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Yankees get much better, Red Sox and Rays are at least just as good…and the Orioles, with a good core, probably just a few pieces away from contention do *nothing*. Hm…I know the offseason isn’t over yet but…

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      O’s are just window shopping.

      • NatsLady - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Actually, it’s more like they “buy” the clothes, take them home, try them on, decide they don’t want them and return them only slightly used for a full refund.

  2. randomdigits - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    So the O’s should have given him a ML deal despite his back issues? They should have signed Balfour for 15 million over their medical team’s objections?

    What team overrules their medical staff in that fashion?

    • Reflex - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Given that Balfour cleared both the Mets and Rays medical staff, I’d suggest the Orioles review their own.

    • chacochicken - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      In Baltimore’s defense, they have all their physicals done by a large animal veterinarian.

      • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        I have this image of a gorilla wearing a white jacket and a stethoscope…..

      • chacochicken - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Close, it was actually a pantomime horse. In case you were wondering the doctor was the ass.

    • quintjs - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I guess it comes down to risk. There wouldn’t be many players who you could say would pass a physical 100%. They all have had injuries and surgeries, its part of being a professional athlete. You are never going to get someone who is perfect, so you have to work in the conditions you get. Maybe there was an added risk with Balfour, and we don’t know if Baltimore were right or wrong yet, but based on what little ‘evidence’ is out there, it doesn’t seem he presented any significant risk over and above other players.

      The other thing I will reference is what the Red Sox have done recently with Lackey and Napoli. Ok, we have an issue with the physical, we have concerns, we still want you so lets work out a deal. For Napoli, that was a one-year deal for less guaranteed money, but incentives on games played to reach the full $13m he got on the old deal (he reached them easily). For Lackey it was adding a 6th year option at league minimum if he went on the DL for that said injury (he did, and the Red Sox have that option – hard to imagine it not being exercised, even a below average pitcher has value at league minimum). Just remembering the Pirates did a similar thing with Liriano – imagine their season last year if they simply backed out of that deal.

      • randomdigits - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        They tried to work deals with both players.

  3. hardjudge - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    It is becoming abundantly clear that the O’s have a problem. Not with players but with a doctor(s) who are afraid that they will make a mistake so they don’t clear anyone. Everyone else in the AL East appreciates this as it is now impossible for the O’s to sign new players.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      oh yeah, wait til the O’s give their own players their physical @ spring training, I can only
      imagine what fun that could be.

      • hardjudge - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Imagine having to forfeit 162 games because you didn’t have any players!

        Of course if all these guys that have been rejected turn up hurt during the season, the docs sure look good.

    • ibalto11 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      This is probably the same doctor that ok’d the Japanese 10 million mistake. Now he won’t clear anyone. Laughable.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    The Orioles have to understand that they are the Orioles.

    One surprise season out of the last 20 isn’t going to make players want to play for you.

    You have to accept that most of the players that are willing to play for you are going to be damaged.

  5. dwrek5 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    I wanna like the O’s so bad. Great history, great park, but their refusal to obtain any sort of pitching and pulling this crap twice makes it purdy difficult.

  6. quintjs - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Meanwhile in Miami, Loria is on a rampage for not thinking of this himself a few years ago.

    Would have saved a fortune on Bell, Reyes and co. Just pretend to sign high priced free agents, everyone buys season tickets as the deals leak and then you pull out citing an ‘injury’ and claim ‘We tried everything we could to improve the team”.

  7. 461deep - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Commissioner rightfully fines/suspends coaches, managers, & players for proven misdeeds but owners can do almost no wrong. Hal can sign all the FA he wants, Peter can back out of deals multiple times, Jeffrey can gut his team every few years, Dodgers can spend endlessly,& \other small market owners take big market $$ and go south rather than spending a reasonable amount on improving their teams. Yes it is all legal but in my book if I’m Selig I let them know that these action are not in the best interest of baseball. Probably only be a 1 contract Commissioner though unless public opinion gets me over. Call me naïve but owners must tow the line like everyone else.

  8. cackalackyank - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Am I the only one catching a theme here?

  9. taosravenfan - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    This is about peter Angelos. Pure, plain and simple

  10. everon63 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    This is just a testament as to who the orioles have in place, or lack thereof, so, Colvin had back trouble in 2013 and no one in the organization picked up on this before wasting time on damaged goods. This is not smart baseball.

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