Balfour took issue with the reports, opting to provide his own medicals that he received from Tampa Bay team doctors. It was originally believed that the Orioles found something wrong with Balfour's shoulder, but the most recent reports indicate their concerns arose because of issues with Balfour's wrist and knee.
The Rays appear to view Balfour's failed physical with Baltimore as a nonissue. He's likely to replace the departing Fernando Rodney as he returns to Tampa Bay, where he pitched for four years before heading to Oakland.
At $12 million, the Rays have landed one of the market's best relievers at a substantial discount. Balfour has dealt with injuries in the past, and he's pushing 40, but Tampa Bay is only risking $6 million a year on the deal, and their medical staff has already given him a clean bill of health.
One official who looked at Grant Balfour's medicals found nothing wrong with them. Rays get another steal with closer after Soriano, Rodney.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 23, 2014
When healthy, Balfour is a dominant closer. Over the last two seasons, Balfour has emerged as one of the most reliable closers in baseball, converting 62 of 67 save opportunities with a 2.56 ERA in 137⅓ innings.