The signing was supposed to be announced today, but after the Orioles found an issue with Balfour’s shoulder it was all but over. Balfour previously had surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff, but hasn’t had any problems since. The Orioles, however, were still worried.
Now the question turns to what the O’s do for a closer. Fernando Rodney is probably the biggest name out there.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.