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Orioles notes: O'Day closes chapter with Orioles; team looking for second base successor

Orioles notes: O'Day closes chapter with Orioles; team looking for second base successor

In approving a trade to the Atlanta Braves, reliever Darren O’Day saw an opportunity to play for not only a contending team this season but one that can also potentially compete for a World Series title next season.

O’Day, who is out for the remainder of the season recovering from hamstring surgery, was traded to the Braves on Tuesday with right-hander Kevin Gausman. O’Day, 35, is under contract through 2019, so the move allowed the Orioles to save $9 million of committed payroll for next season as part of their rebuild. Still, O’Day had to approve any trade because he has 10-and-5 veto rights.

“[My wife and I] talked about it and I’m...

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