One of the most overlooked signings of last off-season was Darren O’Day. After a spectacular season, the Orioles rewarded him with a two-year deal with an option for 2015.

“A year and a half ago, I got picked up off the scrap heap,” O’Day said.

It was manager Buck Showalter who engineered O’Day’s acquisition on waivers from the Texas Rangers at a time when the Orioles were without a general manager.

“They kept running me out there last year and I hope I did what they expected and now, maybe this is them saying they believe in me and they want to keep me around,” O’Day said.

He had a terrific 2012 with a 7-1 record and a 2.28 ERA in 69 games. O’Day gets a $5.8 million reward as a result.

It’s the first multi-year deal for O’Day, who’s also pitched for the Rangers, Mets and Angels.

“I think every player has thought about it and hoped for it. For a guy that’s bounced around and been with a few different teams in a short career, that’s what you hope for,” O’Day said.

“Last year was a good year, and I did some things on and off the field to help us win.”