LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Orioles have competition in the quest to sign Grant Balfour. They are one of three teams who have made the 35-year-old free-agent closer a two-year offer, according to an industry source.
Among the three offers Balfour is considering, one includes a vesting option for a third year. That option is not from the Orioles, according to a source.
The Orioles appear focused on finding a resolution one way or another with Balfour before making offers to other closing options, but the years of the deal seem to be the sticking point, according to a source.