The Baltimore Orioles are believed to be the front runner for Grant Balfour, but the closer continues to up his demands which has resulted in Baltimore and Balfour being unable to agree on terms.
Balfour originally had demanded the O’s add a third year to his original two year contract offer, but Baltimore refused – well – at least initially before adding a third year and giving additional money. It still wasn’t enough for the former Oakland Athletics closer who is now requesting a vesting option be included in the deal.
That could make the contract too rich for the Orioles which has lead to speculation that the Seattle Mariners could join the mix for Balfour’s services:
Heard Seattle — > “
@mainerailbaron: What’s Balfour’s backup plan.. @Jen_Royle”
Seattle, just like Baltimore is in need of a closer and it’s clear the Mariners are willing to go all out financially to win. How much they have left after the Robinson Cano sweepstakes remains to be seen, though, they appear to be a viable threat to sign the former A’s closer.