MLB free-agent tracker: Grant Balfour to Orioles

MLB free-agent tracker: Grant Balfour to Orioles
December 17, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Grant Balfour had 38 saves and a 2.59 ERA for the Athletics in 2013. (USA Today Images)

Update: Dec. 17, 2013 (2:15 p.m.)

The Yankees have added depth this offseason to replace the loss of Robinson Cano, and they may be a better team for it. After signing catcher Brian McCann, centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, rightfielder Carlos Beltran, shortstop Brendan Ryan and infielder Kelly Johnson, the Yankees agreed to sign lefty reliever Matt Thornton and long-time Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts.

Between Johnson and Roberts, the Yankees should be set up at second base and third base. Roberts, though, has a lengthy injury history. He's missed 456 games over the last four seasons.

Meanwhile, Roberts' old team, Baltimore, agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with closer Grant Balfour.

(Players extended qualifying offers denoted by * -- signing team must forfeit first-round pick unless drafting in top-10. If drafting in top-10 (Phillies do), team forfeits second-round pick.)


John Buck
Miguel Olivo
Kelly Shoppach
Kurt Suzuki
J.P. Arencibia -- One-year deal with Rangers
Brian McCann -- Five-year deal with Yankees
Carlos Ruiz -- Three-year deal with Phillies
Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- Three-year deal with Marlins
A.J. Pierzynski -- One-year deal with Red Sox
Dioner Navarro -- Two-year deal with Blue Jays
Geovany Soto -- Re-signed with Rangers
Jose Molina -- Two-year deal with Rays
Brayan Pena -- Two-year deal with Reds

First base

Kendrys Morales*
Casey Kotchman
Lyle Overbay
Corey Hart -- One-year deal with Mariners
James Loney -- Re-signed with Rays
Mike Napoli -- Re-signed with Red Sox
Justin Morneau -- Two-year deal with Rockies
Paul Konerko -- Re-signed with White Sox
Adam Lind -- Re-signed with Blue Jays

Corner infield

Mark Reynolds
Kevin Youkilis
Michael Young

Second base

Alexi Casilla
Jamey Carroll
Chris Getz
Munenori Kawasaki
Robinson Cano -- 10-year deal with Mariners
Omar Infante -- Four-year deal with Royals
Kelly Johnson -- One-year deal with Yankees
Brian Roberts -- One-year deal with Yankees
Mark Ellis -- One-year deal with Cardinals
Skip Schumaker -- Two-year deal with Reds
Alexander Guerrero -- Signed with Dodgers
Nick Punto -- Signed with A's


Stephen Drew*
Alex Gonzalez
John McDonald
Jhonny Peralta -- Four-year deal with Cardinals
Derek Jeter -- Re-signed with Yankees
Willie Bloomquist -- Two-year deal with Mariners
Clint Barmes -- Re-signed with Pirates
Brendan Ryan -- Two-year deal with Yankees

Third base

Wilson Betemit
Eric Chavez
Brandon Inge
Casey McGehee
Placido Polanco
Juan Uribe -- Re-signed with Dodgers
Ryan Roberts -- One-year deal with Cubs

Corner outfield

Shin-Soo Choo*
Nelson Cruz*
Delmon Young
Jason Bay
Raul Ibanez
Tyler Colvin
Jeff Baker
Reed Johnson
Carlos Beltran -- Three-year deal with Yankees
Marlon Byrd -- Two-year deal with Phillies
Mike Morse -- One-year deal with Giants
Garrett Jones -- Two-year deal with Marlins
David DeJesus -- Two-year deal with Rays
Nate McClouth -- Two-year deal with Nationals
David Murphy -- Two-year deal with Indians
Jason Kubel -- Minor-league deal with Twins
Hunter Pence -- Five-year deal with Giants

Center field

Franklin Gutierrez
Grady Sizemore
Andres Torres
Jacoby Ellsbury -- Seven-year deal with Yankees
Curtis Granderson -- Four-year deal with Mets
Rajai Davis -- Two-year deal with Tigers
Chris Young -- One-year deal with Mets

Starting pitcher (right-handed)

Matt Garza
Ervin Santana*
Ubaldo Jimenez*
Bronson Arroyo
A.J. Burnett
Freddy Garcia
Jon Garland
Chad Gaudin
Jason Hammel
Aaron Harang
Jair Jurrjens
Jeff Karstens
Jason Marquis
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Roy Oswalt
Chien-Ming Wang
Jake Westbrook
Josh Johnson -- One-year deal with Padres
Tim Hudson -- Two-year deal with Giants
Dan Haren -- One-year deal with Dodgers
Ricky Nolasco -- Four-year deal with Twins
Phil Hughes -- Two-year deal with Twins
Ryan Vogelsong -- One-year deal with Giants
Scott Feldman -- Three-year deal with Astros
Colby Lewis -- Re-signed with Rangers
Chris Young -- Signed with Nationals
Tim Lincecum -- Re-signed with Giants
Jorge De La Rosa -- Re-signed with Rockies
Hiroki Kuroda -- Re-signed with Yankees
Bartolo Colon -- Two-year deal with Mets
Mike Pelfrey -- Re-signed with Twins
Edinson Volquez -- One-year deal with Pirates
Shaun Marcum -- Minor-league deal with Indians
Roberto Hernandez -- One-year deal with Phillies
Gavin Floyd -- One-year deal with Braves
Roy Halladay -- Retired

Starting pitcher (left-handed)

Paul Maholm
Clayton Richard
Chris Capuano
Bruce Chen
John Lannan
Johan Santana
Joe Saunders
Barry Zito
Jason Vargas -- Four-year deal with Royals
Scott Kazmir -- Two-year deal with Athletics

Reliever (right-handed)

Alfredo Aceves
Daniel Bard
Joaquin Benoit
Jesse Crain
Rafael Betancourt
Octavio Dotel
Kyle Farnsworth
Frank Francisco
Kevin Gregg
Matt Guerrier
Joel Hanrahan
Brandon Lyon
Ryan Madson
Carlos Marmol
Brett Myers
Chris Perez
Fernando Rodney
Francisco Rodriguez
Jose Valverde
Jose Veras
Jamey Wright
Grant Balfour -- Two-year deal with Orioles
Joe Nathan -- Two-year deal with Tigers
Brian Wilson -- One-year deal with Dodgers
Edward Mujica -- Two-year deal with Red Sox
John Axford -- One-year deal with Indians
Joba Chamberlain -- One-year deal with Tigers
Joe Smith -- Three-year deal with Angels
LaTroy Hawkins -- One-year deal with Rockies
Ryan Webb -- Two-year deal with Orioles
Matt Albers -- One-year deal with Astros
Chad Qualls -- Two-year deal with Astros
Jose Contreras -- minor-league deal with the Rangers

Reliever (left-handed)

Scott Downs
Mike Gonzalez
J.P. Howell
Eric O'Flaherty (Tommy John surgery)
Oliver Perez
Matt Thornton -- Two-year deal with Yankees
Javier Lopez -- Three-year deal with Giants
Boone Logan -- Three-year deal with Rockies
J.P. Howell -- Two-year deal with Dodgers
Manny Parra -- Re-signed with Reds
Wesley Wright -- One-year deal with Cubs