Orioles backed out of Balfour deal due to wrist, knee concerns

Orioles backed out of Balfour deal due to wrist, knee concerns
January 14, 2014, 10:15 am
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Grant Balfour posted a 2.59 ERA and 72/27 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings while notching 38 saves in 41 chances in 2013. (USATSI)

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It was reported last month that the condition of Grant Balfour‘s right shoulder was the reason behind the Orioles backing out of a two-year, $15 million contract, but it turns out that they had other health concerns in mind.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the “red flags” that came up were actually about Balfour’s wrist and knee. Rays team doctor Koco Eaton didn’t find anything wrong with Balfour’s shoulder after the deal with the Orioles blew up, so this at least adds some clarity to the situation.

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