O’Day! O’Day! O’Day! O’Day!

O’s fans he’s coming back!

Earlier this morning relief pitcher Darren O’Day signed a four-year deal to return to the Baltimore Orioles.

O’Day was the most coveted relief pitcher on the free agent market this offseason, and with the O’s signing him to a four-year, $31 million deal it shows how important he is in the back of the bullpen.

The 33-year-old right-hander is just the second free agent pitcher to sign a four-year deal with the Orioles. O’s fans, however, should be much more happy with this signing compared to the first FA pitcher to get a four-year contract, who was Ubaldo Jimenez two offseasons ago.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says that O’Day came close to signing with the Washington Nationals on Friday, but a last-ditch effort by the Orioles kept him in Baltimore.

Since coming to the Orioles in 2012, O’Day has been a vital part of the pitching staff.

In the four years he has been with the Orioles, O’Day is 23-8 with a 1.92 ERA out of the pen. He also has struck out 283 batters faced compared to the 62 he has walked.

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2015 was O’Day’s best season with Baltimore. He went 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA, struck out a career-high 82 hitters, and was voted to his first All-Star appearance.

Baltimore still has strong needs in the starting rotation, but the signing of O’Day should indicate that Dan Duquette and the Orioles front office aren’t quite done making acquisitions this offseason and are committed to remaining successful next season.

On the other hand, it most likely means that Baltimore won’t have the money to re-sign Chris Davis, who is expected to sign a contract somewhere around $150 million or more.

But, looking on the bright side, two of the Orioles big four free agents – Matt Wieters and O’Day – have returned to the Charm City, which is more than a lot of people thought.

Wei-Yin Chen‘s landing spot for 2016 is still a mystery, so don’t be surprised if the Orioles creep their way into the conversation to re-sign him, as well.

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings start Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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