Balfour, Orioles Agree To Two-Year Deal
Balfour recorded 38 saves with a 2.59 ERA this past season with Oakland, earning an All-Star game appearance.
The Orioles dealt their former closer Jim Johnson to Oakland last month, so it's interesting that even though it wasn't a trade, the teams swapped closers. Johnson is set to make around $10 million, so the move saved the Orioles a couple of million. Performance wise you can't argue with what Balfour has done, so not only do the Orioles save some money, they get a possibly more reliable closer in return.
Even though the move is a bit odd, I think it makes sense. The Orioles needed reliability in their bullpen and based on what Balfour has done throughout his career, he fits the criteria. We have been waiting for the Orioles to make a move this off-season, so maybe things are starting to heat up in Baltimore.
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