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The Orioles failing other players on their physicals helped cost them Bronson Arroyo

Feb 11, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

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The Orioles are one of the teams that was linked with Bronson Arroyo for much of the offseason. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that one of the reasons they lost out on him was that the Orioles had already failed two players on physicals this offseason and Arroyo was concerned that they’d pull it with him:

But, according to one source, another serious factor was that the Orioles had failed two players’ physicals this offseason — outfielder Tyler Colvin‘s one-year deal and the high-profile decision to walk away from Balfour and his two-year, $15 million agreement due to concerns about his right shoulder . . .┬át’s impossible to say that was the leading factor in Arroyo’s decision to go to Arizona, but it seemingly played a part.

The money, apparently, favored Baltimore. But Arroyo chose the Diamondbacks. Maybe because the NL West is easier. Maybe for some other reason. But part of it was the O’s dealings with Balfour and Colvin.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    You’re getting a reputation as bad birds, O’s.

    • chacochicken - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      They can be as bad as starlings (not Marte).

    • mmeyer3387 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      I’ve been an O’s fan for more years than I can count.Staying faithful has been very difficult over the years, having been a terrible run club for so long. Finely, after so many bad seasons, they can put a quality team on the field. Yet, they pull us fans back down with over the top physical process that appears to be along the with other great conspiracies, much like who shoot JFK?

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    And the shame of being a fan of this team continues…

    • sophiethegreatdane - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Well, I’d say I’m irritated at them, but not “ashamed”. It would be foolish of me to tie my sense of self worth to such an incompetent organization.

  3. nvl004 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    man! I was really looking forward to him throwing BP against our AL East rivals this year too!

  4. randomdigits - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Did you read the whole thing? You seem to be picking and choosing a bit here.

    The O’s offered less guaranteed money, the O’s offer would have been more total money only if certain conditions were met.

    Also, if they had not been working at the glacial place every FO under Peter Angelos has to work at and had offered him that contract three weeks ago he would have accepted.

    Basically he was worried about failing the physical this late in the offseason.

    There is plenty to find fault with them without trying to blow up this narrative about the physicals.

  5. tcostant - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Thom Loverro who writes for the Washington Times has said many times that Peter Angelos has used the physical to kill deals in the past. He use to be a beat writter for the O’s and Angelos and him got along great (inside info).

  6. tysonpunchinguterus - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Maybe he felt he has a better chance at going to the playoffs with Arizona or something like that, but it’s never a good idea for a team to give players the idea that they negotiate in bad faith to try to trick their fans into thinking they’re trying. They may have backed themselves into a corner where the only way out in the near-term is to overpay like the Nationals had to do with Werth to let other players know they’re willing to spend to win.

  7. bolweevils2 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    On the other hand, perhaps it means Arroyo has some physical issue that he was afraid was more likely to be noticed by the O’s, for all we know. It could turn out to be good for the Birds that they are more careful with physicals than some other teams. Or it could mean they cost themselves a healthy Arroyo. We don’t really know either way.

  8. sophiethegreatdane - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Not losing sleep over Bronson.

    • ptfu - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Are you sure?

  9. ez4u2sa - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    The Orioles are headed for fourth place as long as they can hold off Toronto. Red Sox, Yankee and Rays fans should be glad the Orioles didn’t land Arroyo. He would have been a step up for them.

    • everon63 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Agreed, even if they land one of the leftovers (ubaldo, Ervin, Capuano, Saunders) they are still just a 3rd or 4th place team at best

  10. theeperspective - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Makes me laugh. Orioles pass up on a guy they clearly wanted because they felt their was a serious risk and you all comment and say wow what a terrible ball club. Honestly… there are 1,000 other reasons I could think about before I said Balfour and Colvin is what makes them terrible. It doesn’t even add to the list. Duquette didn’t sign Balfour because he is given a budget, and they saw problems with Balfour’s shoulder. Balfour is old. If you are giving somebody 15 million, you don’t want their shoulder to be 50/50. Even if Balfour dominates this year, he still would have to prove the second half of his contract. That’s called a risk. Could he be great for 2 years? Sure. But if he breaks down this year… You won’t hear about how the O’s were smart.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      I don’t disagree with anything you say, but wouldn’t it be smarter if they didn’t announce a signing until *after* the player agrees to the deal AND passes the physical? It put them in a bad position twice this year, causing themselves and the players in question undue pain. How will this affect future players that they really want? We may never know, really.

      • dlgdc - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        The Orioles didn’t announce a Balfour signing because he never signed. What they had was an agreement pending a physical and they didn’t announce that either. It leaked out. Maybe it came from the players agent, but the Orioles didn’t announce that they had signed Balfour.

    • karlkolchak - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      None of what you said about Balfour was less true BEFORE the O’s considered signing Balfour. If they thought he was too old to risk giving a two-year deal, they should not have considered signing him in the first place. So no, you won’t hear from me that the Orioles were smart no matter what Balfour does…because they weren’t.

  11. psunick - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    The NL West is easier??

    • mrpinkca - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      For a pitcher? Absolutely. Compare the AL East to the NL West. The AL East has hitters parks, lots of sluggers and the DH. The NL west has pitchers parks, not a lot of sluggers, and a pitcher every 9 at bats.

      • ptfu - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        Well, the NL West has MORE pitchers parks: LA, SD, and SF. Colorado & Arizona are both hitters parks, and Arizona’s his home park now.

  12. thebaltimoron - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Hey, remember when journalism wasn’t just making stuff up?

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