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Evidently Axford is going to Cleveland. ;)

I suppose that is one fewer option for Balfour, but that also means that there is one less viable closer on the market for the rest of us. I wonder how Axford's deal will hurt/help the O's with Balfour.

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If Axford signing with the Indians is true, (which I'm sure it is), it will have left the worst taste in my mouth of any signing this offseason. He was a player who could have helped this ballclub at a decent value and our inability to make any move besides signing Webb has us without a closer. Have been optimistic up to this point but sitting on our hands while wait for Burnett and Balfour really sucks.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bullpen market could line up like this: Axford-<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Indians&src=hash">#Indians</a>, Balfour-<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Orioles&src=hash">#Orioles</a>, Benoit-<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Padres&src=hash">#Padres</a>. Would <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Mariners&src=hash">#Mariners</a> jump on Rodney?</p>— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="

">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bullpen market could line up like this: Axford-<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Indians&src=hash">#Indians</a>, Balfour-<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Orioles&src=hash">#Orioles</a>, Benoit-<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Padres&src=hash">#Padres</a>. Would <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Mariners&src=hash">#Mariners</a> jump on Rodney?</p>— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="
">December 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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I would be happy with this, but the Mariners have made some moves. Wouldn't shock me to see them throw some dough at the best closer available.

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I want Balfour, I do. We need a good closer bad and he is probably the best available. But he is 36.....

I don't like the silly idea of handing the job to Mike Wright. Insane. I think some posters think they are Jonah Hill.

Mike Wright doesn't exactly mean Mike Wright.

While I do like Wright for the bullpen and think there is a fair shot he could be a very good reliever when I say Wright what I actually mean is the team should fill any holes in the bullpen with someone already in the system.

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Mike Wright doesn't exactly mean Mike Wright.

While I do like Wright for the bullpen and think there is a fair shot he could be a very good reliever when I say Wright what I actually mean is the team should fill any holes in the bullpen with someone already in the system.

100% agreed.

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Mike Wright doesn't exactly mean Mike Wright.

While I do like Wright for the bullpen and think there is a fair shot he could be a very good reliever when I say Wright what I actually mean is the team should fill any holes in the bullpen with someone already in the system.

He means Jason Gurka. When he says Mike Wright.

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If Axford signing with the Indians is true, (which I'm sure it is), it will have left the worst taste in my mouth of any signing this offseason. He was a player who could have helped this ballclub at a decent value and our inability to make any move besides signing Webb has us without a closer. Have been optimistic up to this point but sitting on our hands while wait for Burnett and Balfour really sucks.

I like Axford more than most, but I did not want him on this team. He has been terrible as a closer the last two years. He had nine blown saves in 2012 and had six in 2013 before he was pulled from the closer role in Milwaukee. He looked better in St. Louis, but he was not used is high leverage situations and still had some shaky moments. His K/9 was much lower last year while his hits/9 and walks/9 were much higher. His WHIP over the last two years has been 1.44 and 1.52. He had a great year in 2011, but he has not been a good closer since. So I am happy he is apparently going to Cleveland.

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Balfour wants the vesting option. I heard its 3 years/ 7 mill. No vesting. Balfour wants $8 mill with the vesting option. O's move and inch and Balfour's side responds by moving a mile.

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Balfour wants the vesting option. I heard its 3 years/ 7 mill. No vesting. Balfour wants $8 mill with the vesting option. O's move and inch and Balfour's side responds by moving a mile.
So who else is in on Balfour, what's his leverage?

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