Three Teams Have Two-Year Offers To Balfour

4:56pm: The Orioles aren't the team that has offered Balfour a vesting option, tweets Encina.

3:40pm: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are one of three teams that has made a two-year offer to Balfour. One team's offer contains a vesting option for a third season, he adds. Connolly isn't sure which team has offered the vesting option, but he gets the sense that it's not the Orioles (Twitter links).

1:45pm: The O's prefer Balfour on a two-year deal, and one other club is still in the mix at this time, tweets Heyman.

12:56pm: Years are the main sticking point in negotiations with Balfour, tweets Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

THURSDAY, 11:54am: The Orioles are confident that they can sign Balfour, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

WEDNESDAY: The Orioles have an offer out to reliever Grant Balfour and others as they try to fill four holes in their lineup, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  The O's also have an offer out to John Axford, a source tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).  Heyman also notes that Baltimore has talked to Nelson Cruz's agent, but a source tells Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter) that the club hasn't made an offer to him.

Heyman writes that the O's are also in on an unnamed starting pitcher.  Baltimore also has to address holes at closer, left field, and at DH.  Balfour is their top choice to replace Jim Johnson as a closer with Axford and Chris Perez believed to be secondary options.


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59 Comments on "Three Teams Have Two-Year Offers To Balfour"


Cliff Lau
1 year 8 months ago

As a fan of another AL East team, I would be in favour of the Orioles signing Nelson Cruz to a 4/$60m contract.

Mitch Augustyn
1 year 8 months ago

The extra “U” gave you away…ehhhh

Cliff Lau
1 year 8 months ago

Haha yes! I am in fact Canadian.

Mitch Augustyn
1 year 8 months ago

Its cold; got any poutine?

Cliff Lau
1 year 8 months ago

Ha! I wish I could have some poutine right now. I got my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday, and I basically can’t eat anything :(

OhthePossibilities
1 year 8 months ago

You can eat anything if you let it get soggy enough.

Daniel
1 year 8 months ago

Haha

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

The Orioles want to spend money… Voluntarily!?

Benjamin Rush
1 year 8 months ago

Knowing DD, they are probably $1M, 1 year offers. At least we’re being considered!

KJ4realz
1 year 8 months ago

Os. Why would’ve you have offered Grandy that deal instead?

Jeff McMillan
1 year 8 months ago

Giving up #17 draft picks is something the Orioles REALLY can not afford.

letsgogiants
1 year 8 months ago

I didn’t realize that spot carried multiple draft picks. No wonder they can’t afford to lose it.

Harrison
1 year 8 months ago

Please God, no. Not Cruz. Not for that money, and not for a pick. Quick! Someone give DD a Breath-a-lizer! I don’t think the contract offer counts if one of the involved parties is intoxicated…

Cereal_22
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t worry Duq won’t be able to get Angelos on the phone to approve anything.

1 year 8 months ago

Ugh. Why do I even bother?

Tom
1 year 8 months ago

If the O’s are gonna give up a pick, why not Morales instead? Younger, no steroid implications, hasn’t had his numbers inflated by playing in a hitters park.

Harrison
1 year 8 months ago

If the O’s are going to give up the pick, they might as well go after Choo(spoiler alert: they won’t). Cruz and Morales just aren’t very good baseball players. I’m pretty confident that a Jason Kubel/Danny Valencia platoon could put up better numbers than Morales next year and wouldn’t cost a pick. The Orioles should go after Justin Smoak now that Seattle has signed Hart and traded for Morrison. He would be a perfect platoon buddy for Valencia and he still has the potential to get better.

Cereal_22
1 year 8 months ago

Kubel strikes out almost 50% of the time, he’ll be out of baseball within two years.

Cereal_22
1 year 8 months ago

Nobody seems to be showing interest in him, strange??

snowbladerp14
1 year 8 months ago

need a left handed left fielder who plays solid defense. So naturally we will go after a right handed right fielder who plays poor defense.

Hanley
1 year 8 months ago

Carl Crawford ?

National_Anthem
1 year 8 months ago

Delmon Young?

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 8 months ago

Why didn’t the O’s go for Granderson? Would have rather had him. Although, maybe he didn’t want to leave NY?
At least we are doing something.
Just not digging Cruz though.

$3534462
1 year 8 months ago

I’d rather see us spend that kind of money on a starting pitcher than someone who’s sole value is hitting home runs in a lineup who’s sole value is hitting home runs.

Mark Heidelberg
1 year 8 months ago

Pleaseeeeeeeee not John Axford!!

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 8 months ago

Why would anyone give Cruz that type of contract

Cereal_22
1 year 8 months ago

There is a very good chance that the O’s don’t know what they are doing.

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 8 months ago

Why would anyone give Cruz that type of contract

not_brooks
1 year 8 months ago

The Orioles win 93 games in 2012, and then do nothing of significance in the 2012-2013 offseason.

The Orioles win 86 games in 2013, dump their closer to save money, then offer a contract to another expensive closer. Duquette says he’s looking for a left-handed left fielder who plays solid D, and he offers a contract to a right-handed left fielder who shouldn’t even be allowed in the outfield.

What in the world is going on in the Warehouse?

Cereal_22
1 year 8 months ago

Peter Angelos recently put offices for himself & his son in the warehouse.

not_brooks
1 year 8 months ago

The Orioles win 93 games in 2012, and then do nothing of significance in the 2012-2013 offseason.

The Orioles win 86 games in 2013, dump their closer to save money, then offer a contract to another expensive closer. Duquette says he’s looking for a left-handed left fielder who plays solid D, and he offers a contract to a right-handed left fielder who shouldn’t even be allowed in the outfield.

What in the world is going on in the Warehouse?

Honey Badger GM
1 year 8 months ago

I can honestly say that I wouldn’t take Cruz for free. He cost a draft pick, wants $15 million a year, plays poor defense, has PED baggage, no speed, is in his mid 30s, hits right handed when we need a lefty bat, and he has a “meh” AVG and OBP.

not_brooks
1 year 8 months ago

He offers literally nothing that the Orioles need.

Which is leading me to believe it’s a bogus rumor.

Honey Badger GM
1 year 8 months ago

It seems like Heyman has tweeted that the O’s have interest in just about every player this offseason. The thing that scares me though is that we are apparently willing to offer 4/60 or a “little more”. I really hope that was just put out there by Katz (his agent) to try and get a little more money for his client. Like you said, I am praying and hoping that this report, as well as the one about Chad Gaudin, was bogus.

JohnnyM
1 year 8 months ago

What does him wanting 15 mil per year have to do with you not wanting him for free?

snowbladerp14
1 year 8 months ago

He is a 33 year old power hitter ( probably because of the roids) who plays terrible defense will cost 15 million a year and cost a draft pick and doesnt get on base all that much

Bill Smith
1 year 8 months ago

Conflicting information out the wazoo.

OhthePossibilities
1 year 8 months ago

Wazoo just got 5 years/$75MM.

snowbladerp14
1 year 8 months ago

I dont mind rumors that say the orioles are interest in or the orioles are talking to and so on but you should have some real information if you are going to say a contract has been offered