NASHVILLE— Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Sunday night there’s “more work to be done” until an official agreement is reached with right-hander Darren O’Day.
While Duquette, speaking to reporters assembled for the Winter Meetings, was coy on details and didn’t offer a timeline there still is a lot of optimism in the organization that a deal will ultimately be done.
The two sides— who are believed to be hammering out details of a four-year, $31 million pact that leaked Sunday morning— have been in talks most of the offseason with the Nationals and Orioles the two most logical landing spots. Any agreement in place will require O’Day to undergo a full physical.
Baltimore’s projected payroll with O’Day would be more than $100 million as the O’s try to fill out their rotation and remain interested in free-agent slugger Chris Davis.
Duquette also said on Sunday that the team is hoping to add a left-handed hitter to fill one of their outfield spots and a starter. The preference on a starter would be lefty as well, since the Os lost their lone southpaw starter in Wei-Yin Chen.