Roch Kubatko at MASNSports.com is reporting that the Orioles have “definite interest” in free agent relief pitcher Grant Balfour.
He’s 8-for-17 in save chances for his career, so I’d probably keep him out of the ninth inning unless other options aren’t available. But the Orioles aren’t looking at him to close. He’d provide tremendous depth in the late innings if Johnson stays healthy and returns to his prior dominant set-up form.
Balfour is a type A free agent, so he would cost the Birds a second round draft pick, which some think is a bit steep for a guy who isn’t a closer.
What do you think?