Orioles nearing finish line in deal for O'Day
Reliever finalizing 4-year, $31 million deal to return to Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles almost have finished the deal for setup man Darren O'Day, according to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
Duquette said on Saturday at FanFest that there's just one more issue to iron out before the Orioles get O'Day back in their bullpen. The team and the pitcher reportedly have agreed on a four-year, $31 million deal, and Duquette hopes everything will be finished shortly.
"We just have one more item to get done on that contract," Duquette said. "Hopefully, we can get that resolved here in the next couple of days."
Duquette would not say what the item was or whether or not it had anything to do with the pitcher's physical.
Manager Buck Showalter said he's glad the team could have O'Day back. The right-hander has blossomed under Showalter in the last few years, becoming an All-Star and a big weapon in the bullpen.
"Darren is one of those guys that, he wants to return the commitment that we make to him," Showalter said. "He wants to be a really good pitcher for the Orioles for the next four years -- and maybe beyond that. He'd like to finish here. He got a great contract and deserved it."
Teammate Adam Jones said O'Day would not only give the bullpen a big lift, but also continue to be a real leader in the clubhouse -- especially with pitchers.
"Just to have him back [is good]," Jones said. "I didn't realize how much of a presence he really was a couple of years ago. He's a tremendous leader, and I'm just glad he's back."