The Baltimore Orioles have re-signed Darren O'Day to a four-year deal worth $31 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
O'Day, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander was noticed for his submarine deliver early in his career, but later became known as one of the best setup men in the game of baseball. In 2015, O'Day was voted to the All-Star Game for the first time in his eight-year career.
Last season, the 33-year-old posted his best numbers over his career, which includes stints with the Los Angeles Angels (2008), New York Mets (2009), Texas Rangers (2009-2011) and Orioles (2012-2015). Along with his first career All-Star appearance, he posted a 6-2 record with a 1.52 ERA over 65.1 innings and 68 appearances during his time as the eighth inning reliever for Baltimore. O'Day made $4.25 million in 2015.
Over four years with the Orioles, O'Day has an outstanding 1.92 ERA with a 23-8 record out of the bullpen. Meanwhile, the righty has tossed 443.2 career innings and has given up just 114 runs, which is good for a 2.31 ERA. O'Day's only struggle during his career has come in the postseason. Across 14.1 innings, the reliever has gone 0-3 with a 5.02 ERA in the postseason with Texas in 2010 and Baltimore in 2012 and 2014.
The Florida native was signed by the Angels as a free agent in 2006 and made $390,000 during his first Major League season in 2008. During that first year, the pitcher had a 4.57 ERA. O'Day was selected by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft the following season. He went to the Rangers after being designated for assignment in April of 2009. The reliever will stay in Baltimore for his fifth-straight year in 2016.
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun reported on Friday that the Washington Nationals were the favorites to sign O'Day, which means the Orioles increased their offer to bring back the 33-year-old relief pitcher. According to a report, Bryce Haprer and Jayson Werth called O'Day to try and persuade the reliever to play for the Nationals, but he turned down the deal and returned to Baltimore.