When the Oakland Athletics‘ 2013 season came to a close, the spotlight immediately shined down upon Athletics general manager Billy Beane. Now, Oakland’s front office has been made famous over the year courtesy of the popular movie “Moneyball,” but Beane’s was faced with decisions this offseason that were all bigger than Hollywood itself. Most notably, the Athletics were forced to decide who the team’s closer would be in 2014.
It wouldn’t take long for Beane to give the Athletics fans something to talk about as Oakland would trade for Baltimore Orioles‘ closer Jim Johnson just a few days into the offseason. Meanwhile, this trade would mean the end of the line for All-Star Grant Balfour in the Bay. Needless to say, Beane won big by letting the aging Balfour hit the road.
On Wednesday, many MLB outlets reported that Balfour would be agreeing to a two-year deal worth $15.5 million with the Orioles. However, the contract was called into question just a day later as the 35 year old apparently didn’t pass the team-mandated physical. Obviously, this is awful news for Baltimore as it severed ties with Johnson thinking Balfour or someone similar could provide a similar impact.
As of now, the future doesn’t look so bright for Balfour in Baltimore as it seems the Athletics have make the right call — once again.