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The Orioles and Darren O’Day have a deal

Darren O'Day

Darren O’Day

AP

Darren O’Day wrote on his Twitter account yesterday that reports of a new deal with the Orioles were premature, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears that it’s now officially done pending a physical. That’s never a given with the Orioles, but the top reliever on the free agent market is essentially off the board.

O’Day is expected to receive a four-year contract worth $31 million. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the temporary hold-up was about “language/stipulations.” The Nationals were also involved in negotiations, but O’Day ultimately opted to stay in Baltimore as Zach Britton’s set-up man.

O’Day, 33, owns a 1.92 ERA in 273 appearances over the past four seasons. Only three relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Koji Uehara, Craig Kimbrel) have a lower ERA in the same timespan.

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