The Orioles announced their option decisions earlier this evening and there wasn’t a surprise in the bunch. Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O’Day got their options picked up by the club while Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Nick Markakis and Nick Hundley had their options declined and will become free agents.
Chen’s option was worth $4.75 million, so it was an easy call to bring him back at this bargain price. The 29-year-old left-hander owns a 3.86 ERA in 86 starts across three seasons with Baltimore. The decision on O’Day was also expected. He’ll make $4.25 million in 2015 after posting an excellent 1.70 ERA and 73/19 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings this season.
Markakis’ mutual option was worth $17.5 million, so the Orioles understandably paid a $2 million buyout and declined their half. There’s still a chance he could remain in Baltimore with a lower salary. The 30-year-old outfielder has played his entire nine-year major league career with the Orioles and batted .276/.342/.386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 155 games this past season. Hundley’s club option for 2015 was worth $5 million and did not require a buyout. Acquired from the Padres in May as insurance for Matt Wieters, the 31-year-old backstop hit .233 with five home runs and a .625 OPS in 50 games with Baltimore.