The Orioles have offers out to at least free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and reliever Grant Balfour as they try to fill about four holes. Baltimore is believed to be willing to make Cruz a four-year offer in the range of the $60-million deal Curtis Granderson got from the Mets, perhaps a bit higher. It isn't known what the offer is to Balfour but various reports have suggested a two- or three-year deal is possible. Cruz has drawn interest from the Mariners, his old Rangers teams and some others. There was a report Cruz turned down $75 million from the Mariners, and while that couldn't be confirmed, word out of Seattle is that a deal with Cruz isn't necessarily likely at this time. Texas seems more focused on another free-agent outfielder, Shin-Soo Choo at the moment. Balfour is their No. 1 choice to replace Jim Johnson as a closer, wwith john Sxford and Chris Perez believed to be secondary options.
Orioles are in the bidding on Nelson Cruz, Grant Balfour and more
CBS Sports | Dec 11