Orioles GM confirms deal with Grant Balfour is off

Grant Balfour is a free agent once again.
Grant Balfour is a free agent once again. (USATSI)

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Orioles GM Dan Duquette confirmed to reporters on Friday that the team's contract agreement with closer Grant Balfour will not be completed. An undisclosed issue popped up during his pre-signing physical on Thursday.

Balfour, 35, agreed to a two-year contract worth $15 million earlier this week. It's been reported that a shoulder problem caused the team to walk away from the agreement. Balfour had surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff way back in 2005.

The Orioles are said to be looking at Fernando Rodney now that their deal with Balfour is off.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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