It’s another chilly day here in Sarasota. Driving into the Orioles spring training facility, it was a brisk 37 degrees.
The sun is out however – as are the palm trees – which makes up for the chill.
Twelve pitchers will throw bullpen sessions today: Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman, Pedro Strop, Andrew McCutchen, Daniel Schlereth, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez, Mark Hendrickson, Troy Patto, Mike Belfiore and Kevin Gausman.
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.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times