Grant Balfour changes course, sounds angry with Orioles

Grant Balfour has told the Orioles they made a big mistake.
Grant Balfour has told the Orioles they made a big mistake. (USATSI)

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The ongoing saga of Grant Balfour's contract with the Orioles falling apart has taken another turn.

Earlier Friday, Balfour told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he didn't want to bad mouth the Orioles and that there were no hard feelings.

A few hours later, things appear to have changed. The fiery closer actually called Orioles general manager Dan Duquette:

And then:

Balfour went on to tell Slusser he pointed out to Duquette that two doctors said he was healthy -- as we noted earlier.

Now, none of these comments seem overly inflammatory and it doesn't appear Balfour was out of control. Then again, we weren't on the phone and this is Balfour's side -- and one has to be pretty angry to change his mind so quickly from "taking the high road" to and calling the GM who backed out of a signing, right?

One thing is for sure, if and when Balfour squares off against the Orioles this year, it's likely to provide great theater. He's already the most intense closer there is, and the guess is he'll take it up another notch against them.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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