BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' potential deal with Tyler Colvin has fallen through. According to a tweet from CBS Sports.com's Jon Heyman on Friday afternoon, the club found a back issue during Colvin's physical and wanted to reduce the outfielder's contract to a Minor League deal. While Colvin could end up signing with Baltimore later this winter, he remains a free agent.
This is the second time this winter a physical has caused the O's to back off of a player. The club opted to not sign closer Grant Balfour after agreeing to a two-year, $15 million deal. Seth Levinson, Balfour's agent, claimed that his client was healthy and that the Orioles had simply decided against signing him. Levinson cited the findings of two doctors who found nothing out of order after looking at an MRI of Balfour's right shoulder.
Balfour signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Rays on Thursday. He declined to comment when asked whether he might file a grievance against Baltimore.
"It was a bit of a stressful thing, seeing that go down, knowing I was perfectly healthy," Balfour said of the situation with the O's.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli.