Colvin deal is off
The Orioles deal with Tyler Colvin has fallen through. According to a tweet from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the club found a back issue during Colvin’s physical and wanted to reduce the contract to a Minor League deal. While Colvin could end up signing with Baltimore later this winter, he remains a free agent for now.
This is the second time this winter a physical has caused the O’s to back off of a player. The club opted to not sign closer Grant Balfour after agreeing to a two-year, $15 million deal. Seth Levinson, Balfour’s agent, charged that his client was healthy and that the O’s had just decided against signing him. Validating his charge, Levinson cited the findings of two doctors who found nothing out of order after looking at an MRI of Balfour’s right shoulder. Balfour, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Rays, indicated to reporters on Thursday that the rumors of a grievance filed against Baltimore could still be in play.
“It was a bit of a stressful thing, seeing that go down, knowing I was perfectly healthy,” Balfour said of the Orioles situation.