Orioles won't sign free agent Grant Balfour

Friday December 20th, 2013

Grant Balfour's deal with the Orioles has hit a snag. (Getty Images) Free-agent pitcher Grant Balfour's 38 saves last season was sixth in the American League. (Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles will not sign free-agent reliever Grant Balfour, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Friday.

Balfour and the team had agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal earlier this week, but that was dependent on Balfour passing a physical. The team had been concerned with Balfour's shoulder problems.

Duquette said the team could sign another free agent, seek a trade or turn to a player already on the team to close games.

"We would never say never or close the door, but we're going to turn our attention elsewhere, Duquette said via the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. "We do our due diligent process on all the players before we sign them. and part of that is a medical review."

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The team is still looking to replace Jim Johnson, who was traded to the Oakland Athletics this month.   Balfour converted 38 of 41 save chances with a 2.59 ERA with the Athletics last season.

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