Orioles exercise contract options for 2015 on pitchers Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O'Day

Orioles right-hander Wei-Yin Chen delivers against the Houston Astros at Camden Yards in May.
Orioles right-hander Wei-Yin Chen delivers against the Houston Astros at Camden Yards in May. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles exercised their contract options for 2015 on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and right-handed sidearmer Darren O'Day on Thursday in expected moves that guarantee two of the club's best pitchers from last season will be in the fold next year.

Chen, 29, will make $4.75 million in 2015, an increase from $4.072 million in 2014, when he went 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts for the Orioles. The club could have bought out his option for $372,000. He allowed seven earned runs in nine postseason innings over two starts in October.


O'Day, 31, will make $4.25 million in 2015, roughly a $1 million raise from 2014. The Orioles could have bought out the option for $400,000. O'Day helped anchor the club's outstanding bullpen, posting a 5-2 record and a 1.70 ERA in 68 games. He allowed four earned runs in the postseason and was charged with two of the club's four losses in the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals.

The 2015 season will be the fourth with the Orioles for both.

"O'Day and Chen are solid, dependable veteran pitchers, and both had excellent years in 2014," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "We look forward to their contributions to a winning Orioles team in 2015."

The club has two other players with 2015 options that need to be resolved: right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Nick Hundley. Both options are expected to be declined, but Duquette said both were still under consideration. An official decision is expected by Friday.

Markakis, 30, has a mutual option for $17.5 million in 2015, with a club buyout of $2 million. The Orioles and Markakis are discussing an extension that would keep the team's longest-tenured player well beyond 2015. Hundley, 31, has a $5 million option with no buyout.

Both would become free agents once the options are rejected.