O’s, O’Day agree to a four-year deal
The Orioles have agreed to a four-year deal with Darren O’Day, MLB.com has confirmed, keeping the most sought-after reliever in Baltimore through 2019.
The 33-year-old O’Day, whose deal was first reported by CBSSports.com, posted a 1.52 ERA in 68 appearances last year. His contract is worth $31 million, though the club has not confirmed the deal or the financial aspects of it.
O’Day’s staying is a solid sign for Orioles fans about the team’s pivotal offseason. The righty was the team leader in the ‘pen and many teammates –including most recently, Adam Jones, — had publicly voiced the need to retain him.
O’Day made $4.25 million in 2015 and made it clear he and his wife –FOX News reporter Elizabeth Prann– liked the area. In the end, it was no surprise it came down to the team Beltway teams in Baltimore and D.C. O’Day has a 2.31 career ERA in 459 relief appearances over eight years for the Angels, Mets, Rangers and Orioles.
Baltimore’s projected payroll is now more than $100 million as the O’s try to fill out their rotation and remain interested in pricey slugger Chris Davis.