Grant Balfour's two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is now in major jeopardy, after team doctors expressed concern with Balfour's right shoulder during his physical, according to industry sources.
The lobby at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort quickly emptied out as Major League Baseball's winter meetings ended Thursday. While the Orioles only added a pair of Rule 5 draft picks this week, the club continued efforts to land a free-agent closer.
A CBSSports.com report surfaced Wednesday evening that the club made offers to closer Grant Balfour and Nelson Cruz. An industry source said while the Orioles' discussions with Balfour were progressing on Wednesday night, their reported pursuit of Cruz was exaggerated.
With one click of his laptop mouse, Bill Squadron, the head of Bloomberg Sports, shows every pitch thrown to Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones this season. It shows a strike zone full more than 1000 marks of different colors and shapes ¿ much like abstract art, Squadron jokes. One click later, it graphic shows the 600-some fastballs thrown to Jones. Another click and it¿s down to 200 pitches that show pitches with one out. Then, Squadron filters the data to show just home runs and it¿s down to three dots. The mouse pointer find one of the three dots and up comes a video of Jones¿ home run against Pirates pitcher Brad Lincoln on June 12.