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Before players hit the field this morning, the club officially announced right-handed sidearm reliever Darren O’Day’s two-year contract. The deal, which accounts for O’Day’s final two arbitration years, included a 2015 team option that would cover his first season of free-agent eligibility.
O'Day was the last of 13 arbitration-eligible players to agree to terms.
O’Day, who earned $1.35 million last season, was seeking $3.2 million in arbitation this year, and the Orioles countered with a $1.8 million offer.
According to an industry source, O’Day will make $2.2 million this season, $3.2 million next year and could make $4.25 million in his option year in 2015. That option includes a $400,000 buyout.
O’Day, who was claimed off waivers from the Rangers last offseason after an injury plagued 2011 season, emerged as the Orioles’ set-up man late in the season after flourishing in various roles as a shut-down reliever.
He was 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA last season, allowing just 49 hits in 67 innings and striking out 69 batters. O’Day stranded 37 of 43 inherited runners (86.0%), the third-best mark in the AL, and went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA (32.2IP, 4ER) in 36 games vs. AL East opponents, holding hitters to a line of .135/.207/.270.
O’Day pitched two scoreless innings in the Orioles' AL Wild Card Game win in Texas and made four scoreless appearances in the AL Division Series against the Yankees.