Orioles re-sign reliever Darren O’Day

The Baltimore Orioles have re-signed pitcher Darren O’Day. The free agent reliever has agreed to a four-year, $31 million deal with the team.

O’Day must pass a physical for the deal to become official. That should happen in the next few days.

He said all along that he wanted a contract within the $32 million range. He picked the Orioles over crosstown team, the Washington Nationals.

The 33-year-old reportedly had interest from the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers and Braves reportedly talked to him at the GM meetings last month.

O’Day is one of the best relievers on the market. He has a career 1.52 ERA with a 6-2 record in 68 games over 65 1/3 innings.

He has been with the Orioles since the 2012 season when he came to the team from the Texas Rangers.

During his O’s career, he is 23-8 with a 1.92 ERA in 273 games and 263 innings.

With his success in Baltimore, he has given manager Buck Showalter a viable arm in late-game situations.

He hasn’t had higher than a 2.28 ERA during O’s tenure. That 2.28 ERA was during his first-year with the team four-years ago.

His ERA has declined from 2.28 to 2.18 then 1.70 before 1.52 last season. He has pitched in 68 or 69 games during these four-years, as well.

He’s projected to go 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 64 innings, according to Baseball Reference’s projections.

His numbers do not compare before arriving in Baltimore to afterwards. He was 8-5 with him being 8-4 with the Texas Rangers during his three-year tenure there.

He was 0-1 with a 4.57 ERA in 43 1/3 innings with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2008.

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