After more than a week awaiting official word, the Orioles have announced the signing of reliever Darren O’Day to a four-year deal.
To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the club designated infielder Rey Navarro for assignment. The 25-year-old Navarro played in just 10 games for the Orioles in 2015, hitting .276 with two doubles and a homer.
O’Day, 33, has pitched for the Orioles for four seasons, going 23-8 with an impressive 1.92 ERA over that span. Last year, the sidearming right-hander made his first All-Star team while posting a career-best 1.52 ERA and six saves in 68 games.
The Orioles did not announce terms of the agreement, but according to an industry source, the contract is backloaded. He will make $5 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018, $8 million in 2019 and $1 million in each of the four years after the contract expires (2020-23).
Before each season, starting next year, O’Day can pick seven teams to put on his no-trade list. The list can be changed each year. During the 2018 season, however, O’Day will have achieved 10-and-5 rights, meaning he has spent 10 years in the major leagues and five straight with one team, and will have a full no-trade clause. At that point, he will be able to pick where he wants to be traded, if at all.
O’Day agreed to a deal early last week but certain specifics had to be worked out – including a physical examination. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said at FanFest on Saturday that he hoped a decision would be announced this week.
O’Day, Duquette and Orioles manager Buck Showalter will address the media Tuesday afternoon at Camden Yards.