Orioles and Grant Balfour reach deal

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The rumored deal between the Baltimore Orioles and pitcher Grant Balfour has been agreed to.

Balfour has signed a two-year deal to become the closer of the Baltimore Orioles. The two-year deal will pay Balfour $14 million.

In essence the Orioles simply traded closers with the Oakland Athletics. Earlier this winter the Orioles sent Jim Johnson to the A’s for Jemile Weeks. The Orioles signed Ryan Webb to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million shortly thereafter.

Balfour apparently had a few other offers on the table but is choosing the Orioles offer.

The 35-year-old Balfour is coming off a season in which he saved 38 games and posted a 2.59 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

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