Darren O'Day takes physical (and other notes)

NASHVILLE - Reliever Darren O'Day has taken his physical after agreeing to terms with the Orioles on a four-year, $31 million contract.

There don't appear to be any issues with the results and it's possible that an announcement could come by FanFest, which is being held Saturday at the Convention Center.

O'Day agreed to terms on Monday after denying via Twitter the previous day that a deal had been completed. A few more details needed to be worked out.

Darren O'Day gray throw.pngSources have confirmed that O'Day was leaning toward accepting a three-year offer from the Nationals before the Orioles added a fourth year. Vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson and manager Buck Showalter got involved in negotiations.

Anderson is good friends with O'Day's agent, Jeff Borris, one of the former outfielder's representatives when he played for the Orioles. Anderson played an integral role in O'Day's return.

Pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will miss FanFest because he's getting married this weekend.

Sounds like a pretty good excuse to me.

Showalter met with the media and talked about the possibility of the Orioles making a trade or signing a free agent later today. So much is tied to first baseman Chris Davis.

"I know we've got a lot of things that branch off obviously what we do with Chris or what Chris does with us. It's a decision he has to make," Showalter said.

"I guess he's making the decision."

Agent Scott Boras will create the annual media scrum later today in the lobby area outside the workroom. He's expected to show up around 3 p.m. Central time.

"I talk to Chris obviously every day," Showalter said, "and at some point he's going to have to make a decision, if that's enough and how much is enough. Believe me, he's going to make a good call where he wants to go with baseball in his career and his life. We're prepared to go either way.

"I know we're interested and they've done some things to try to move that along, but at this point I'd like to have Chris, but I'm thinking about opportunities that might be around the corner for a guy like Christian Walker or Trey Mancini. There aren't many people in the minor leagues who had better numbers than Trey. Obviously, (Mark) Trumbo is there and there are some other things out there.

"Our first hope would be to bring Chris back, but the game will move on without me, without anybody. We think we created a great opportunity for Chris and we'll see where it goes."

When it was suggested that the Orioles are waiting on Davis, Showalter replied, "Not really. Not that long. We won't wait forever."

Showalter said the Orioles turned down a trade proposal last night because they didn't want to part with specific players.

Showalter was asked whether he needed five right-handers in his rotation.

"I'd rather take a real good right-handed pitcher as opposed to a mediocre left-hander," he said. "For me, it works."

Showalter also confirmed that the Orioles are willing to part with their first-round pick, the 14th overall, to sign the right free agent.

There's been some trade interest in closer Zach Britton, but Showalter said, "We're not moving him."

I'll pass along more comments later in the day. We still have to meet with executive vice president Dan Duquette at 5 p.m.

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