Though it was widely reported this morning that Darren O’Day, the Baltimore Orioles’ All-Star setup man, was set to re-sign with the team for four years and $31 million, the free agent’s status may still be up in the air.
O’Day sent the following tweet this afternoon:
Contrary to the news, I have not reached an agreement with the O’s yet. I am flattered by all the attention, but reports are premature.
— Darren O’Day (@DODay56) December 6, 2015
The tweet is a little bit of a sails deflater for fans of the Orioles, but O’Day should still be expected to return to the Orioles. Someone who studies syntax and sentence structure would be quick to point out the use of the word “yet” to describe the status of the agreement. The Orioles have had a history of backing out of contracts on the heels of a poor physical, so O’Day is likely just being cautious without a signed offer sheet in hand.
The news of the signing may have been broken a bit prematurely for the pitcher’s taste, but most major baseball reporters felt confident enough to put the story out there. That should give an indication that the Orioles are the favorites to keep their setup man. The deal is likely just pending a physical, as reported by Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.
An #orioles official confirmed the agreement with O’Day, pending a physical. Nothing is signed yet.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 6, 2015