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Dec 20 (The Sports Xchange) - Baltimore Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed that the deal with relief pitcher Grant Balfour is off, and the club will try to find another closer.

"The Orioles were disappointed that we couldn't complete a contract with Grant Balfour," Duquette said, according to "The reason is the club's not satisfied with the results of the physical exam."

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Free agent infielder Kevin Youkilis will play in Japan next season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to multiple reports.

Terms of the deal are not known.

Youkilis, 34, batted .219 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 105 at-bats over 28 games with the New York Yankees this past year. He was limited by back injuries.

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The Minnesota Twins agreed to a one-year contract with catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to multiple reports.

Fox Sports reported that the deal is worth $2.75 million plus incentives. It is still pending a physical.

Suzuki hit .232 with five home runs over 94 games combined with the Washington Nationals and Oakland A's this year.

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Baltimore Orioles pitcher Troy Patton was suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine.

Patton was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA in 56 relief appearances this year for Baltimore.

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The New York Yankees introduced new right-fielder Carlos Beltran in a press conference. He officially signed a three-year, $45 million contract two weeks after the two sides agreed to the deal.

Beltran will be 37 years old in April.

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The Yankees also announced that Gary Tuck, Trey Hillman, Mike Quade and Matthew Krause have joined the organization.

Tuck, 59, was named the club's bullpen coach for the 2014 season. Hillman, 50, will be the Yankees' special assistant for major and minor league operations. Quade, 56, was named the organization's roving outfield and baserunning instructor. Krause, 40, has been hired as the Yankees' strength and conditioning coordinator.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with reliever Brad Ziegler by agreeing to a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension, reported.

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Oakland A's co-owner Lew Wolff told the Bay Area News Group that the team's ownership group is not interested in selling and is not looking at moving to a waterfront site in Oakland.

Wolff responded to a report by the East Bay Express on that Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber could be interested in buying the A's and building a new ballpark at Howard Terminal in Oakland. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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