The Walk-Off: Grant Balour’s deal with O’s is in jeopardy; A-Rod’s Cousin Yuri returns

Big League Stew

The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.

NEWS: Grant Balfour's free-agent deal with the Baltimore Orioles is in "serious jeopardy" because of an issue with his physical. [MASN Sports]

GOOD READ: Tim Brown on the beautiful responsibility of Hall of Fame voting. [Yahoo Sports]

MORE HALL OF FAME READING: Dave Cameron examines the Hall of Fame's standard, and what percentage of players per era get inducted. [Fangraphs]

YOUR DAILY A-ROD: Judge rules that A-Rod's cousin Yuri Sucart can be questioned by MLB lawyers about Biogenesis. We can't wait. [New York Daily News]

OFFICIAL: Yankees and Carlos Beltran finalized their three-year deal. [Yahoo Sports]

GOOD READ (AGAIN): The best of what's left in the free-agent market, according to Jeff Passan's Ultimate Free-Agent Tracker. [Yahoo Sports]

INTRO OF THE DAY: John Axford announces his arrival in Cleveland. [@JohnAxford]

HAPPENING: The Brewers are creating a "Wall of Honor" next season and — don't fire that Ryan Braun joke yet — Braun will be on it once he retires. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]

HONOR: The Colorado Rockies were named the Topps Organization of the Year because of the success of their minor-league players. []

IT COULD BE YOURS: Juan Gonzalez is auctioning off his MVP trophy. [Dallas Morning News]

MINOR DEALINGS: The A's get outfielder Corey Brown, previously DFA'd by the Washington Nationals, in a trade. Nats get straight cash, homie. [Yahoo Sports]

DONE DEAL: Chien-Ming Wang agrees to minor-league deal with the Reds. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

DONE DEAL: White Sox add relief pitcher Scott Downs. [Chicago Tribune]

SHENANIGANS: The Seven Degrees of Mark Ellis. [Notgraphs]

ICYMI: The Burt Reynolds All-Stars — The Stew's team of baseball players who share names with famous people. You know, like Carlos Santana. [Yahoo Sports]

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