Ori­oles say no to closer Bal­four

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY SPORTS -

The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles have de­cided not to sign free-agent closer Grant Bal­four to a pro­posed two-year deal be­cause the club “wasn’t sat­is­fied” with the Aus­tralian’s phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion. Bal­four, an All-Star last sea­son who notched 62 saves in 67 op­por­tu­ni­ties since he be­came a full-time closer in 2012 for the Oakland Ath­let­ics, had been lined up to re­place closer Jim John­son, who was traded to the Ath­let­ics two weeks ago.

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