The Orioles have "definite interest" in free agent reliever Grant Balfour, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko. Kubatko notes that signing the Type A-designated Balfour would require the Orioles to hand over their second-round pick to the Rays. A year ago, the Orioles were willing to give up the 53rd overall pick to sign Mike Gonzalez. This pick would be later in the draft.
Other former Balfour suitors such as the Red Sox and Rockies have filled bullpen needs, so the Orioles have some leverage. The O's still have lingering interest in Kevin Gregg, a situation that's starting to drag. Kubatko says they'd also like to sign a lefty reliever, and "the door still hasn't closed" on Mark Hendrickson and Will Ohman.