Grant Balfour Says Orioles Disrespected Him, Are Making A Mistake

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour‘s deal with the Orioles has officially fallen apart. Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

The Ausie closer tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s “100 percent fine” and is confused by the Orioles decision not to sign him. “I’m the All-Star pitcher I was last season,” Balfour says. “My shoulder is fine, everything is fine. I’m ready to come out there in the ninth inning, do what I do.”

Seth Levinson, Balfour’s agent shares similar views to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “The only reasonable conclusion is that Grant is healthy and the Orioles at the last moment changed their minds.”

FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal shares the opinion of two doctors who apparently know Balfour well, both confirm the player and agent’s opinions. “For a guy in his 30s who has pitched six or seven years since his rotator-cuff repair, his MRI on his shoulder looks remarkably good,” Reds physician Timothy Kremcheck says.

For now, Fernando Rodney appears to be the Orioles target at closer — until they find something wrong with him at the last second. We’ll likely never find out what happened, but I’m surprised to see the two sides not at least find some common ground after the physical.

Let’s try stay positive, maybe the Orioles are planning to spending on a free agent starter (a true need) rather than Balfour. At this point, who knows though.

Quotes compiled by Steve Adams of MLBTradeRumors.com.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

4 Comments

  1. MGW

    December 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

    If you wrote this as a movie script, no one would believe it.

  2. David Downer

    December 22, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Find a hard, strike throwing kid in your system with the mental makeup and have him be your closer. I’m a KC guy, and I’ll point out Soria, (from rule 5), in our past, and now Holland in our present and future. We’ve known since Quisenberry that a closer is as you make of him. I don’t mean to be negative, but “missin” on friggin’ Balfour is a gift. You don’t need a retread, you need some kid who will get guys the heck out in the 9th.

  3. Ravens2488

    December 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Orioles go all out and pick up Liam Hendricks off waivers! Hendricks, is a great find for the Orioles who Duquette says adds pitching depth to the Orioles and could also serve as a spot starter in the Majors.

    Hendricks, who according to Duquette, has a live arm and has experience in the Majors, is 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA in 30 major league games (28 starts) over the past three seasons.

    This pickup, along with the 4 “Designated for Assignment” pickups the Orioles made in the last month will surely push this team far into the playoffs or at least until the Orioles trade Hardy, Wieters and Markakis at the “Trading Deadline”….

    The Padres, Astros, A’s and Royals, all teams in a smaller market than the Orioles are making better strides than the Orioles.

    Angelos and Duquette should be ashamed for the shit they are tossing the fans this year.

  4. Pole

    December 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I’d have to agree with Ravens2488 on this one which I rarely do. I have no idea what the O’s strategy is except to put a sub-par product on the field and raise ticket prices.