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Mariners Rumored To Be In Running For Balfour

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Grant Balfour (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Grant Balfour (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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(1090 The Fan) — After the Baltimore Orioles backed out of their two-year contract agreement with relief pitcher Grant Balfour, the Seattle Mariners might be back in the running for the righty.

Balfour, 35, spoke with Jim Duqette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday who tweeted four teams were interested in Balfour’s services. One offer is reportedly on the table as well.

Like the New York Yankees and Tampa Rays, Seattle is in need of a late-inning reliever.

Balfour and his agent released a statement insisting he and his right shoulder are healthy following the fiasco with Baltimore. Whether or not Balfour is in tip-top shape, his free agent stock took a big hit when the O’s walked away and it’s hard to see him getting the same kind of guaranteed money.

Mike Axisa of cbssports.com suggests Balfour might have to take an incentive-laden contract to prove his health.

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