The Baltimore Orioles completed two days of negotiations with their three remaining arbitration eligible as yesterday we reported the signings of Jason Hammel and Jim Johnson on Friday, and Saturday the Orioles completed their list of arbitration players as they agreed to a two year deal with a club option for a third with Darren O'Day.
Arguably the best pitcher in the Orioles bullpen last season, especially down the stretch, O'Day and Baltimore agreed on a two year deal with a $4.25 million option for 2015, and he is guaranteed $5.8 million. The sidewinder had an outstanding 2012 with a 7-1 record and a 2.28 ERA in 69 games. In the playoffs, O'Day was even better as he did not allow a single run in seven innings and allowed just one hit and one walk.
Multi-year deals are a little uncommon when it comes to arbitration eligible players as the one year deal is the norm, but Dan Duquette stated:
"I did a little work on Darren's background and he's among the top 10 relievers in the business over the last couple of years, and I just thought the overall quality he brings was worth taking a look at on a multi-year basis."
Undoubtedly O'Day was extremely instrumental in the Orioles playoff run and playoff success last season, and the move to lock him into Baltimore for at least two more seasons is a great move in my opinion. O'Day is one of those rare relief pitchers that a manager can have confidence in getting hitters out from both sides of the plate, and Buck Showalter will get to enjoy having O'Day for years to come.
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