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  • Sources: Orioles' deal with Grant Balfour now in jeopardy as shoulder concerns arise

    Sources: Orioles' deal with Grant Balfour now in jeopardy as shoulder concerns arise
    The highlight of the Orioles’ offseason was supposed to take place Friday morning, when the club would emerge from a sleepy offseason and introduce new closer Grant Balfour during a news conference at the Warehouse.
  • The Jim Johnson decision and the economic reality of closers

    The Jim Johnson decision and the economic reality of closers
    Jim Johnson is not in an Orioles uniform anymore because, as executive vice president Dan Duquette explains it, the club needed to better allocate its financial resources throughout the 25-man roster. In other words, paying roughly one-tenth of the...

    With Jim Johnson gone, who closes games for the Orioles now?

    With Jim Johnson gone, who closes games for the Orioles now?
    If you went to bed early last night, you woke up this morning to the news that the Orioles suddenly have an opening at closer. In a trade that was literally made in the 11th hour prior to Monday’s midnight tender deadline, the Orioles dealt closer...

    As Johnson leaves for Oakland, Orioles look for new answer at closer inside, outside club

    As Johnson leaves for Oakland, Orioles look for new answer at closer inside, outside club
    While the Orioles' trade of closer Jim Johnson late Monday night immediately offered more questions than answers about the club's direction this offseason, executive vice president Dan Duquette insisted Tuesday that the deal can't truly be evaluated for...

    Thoughts on Orioles closer possibilities, trading prospects and the posting system

    Thoughts on Orioles closer possibilities, trading prospects and the posting system
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is shopping for a closer, among other things, at this week's winter meetings here at the Walt Disney World Resort. The free-agent market presents several reasonably-priced...