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Breaking News: Yankees To Sign Relief RHP Darren O’Day

As first reported by Lindsey Adler, the Yankees are coming to an agreement with relief RHP pitcher, pending a physical. Our writer Ethan looked into O’Day as a relief option earlier this offseason, here.

Sources: Yankees in agreement on a deal with relief pitcher Darren O’Day, pending physical. — Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) January 27, 2021
O’Day guaranteed to make $2.5M for 1 year (and there is the dual option) — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 27, 2021
O’Day receives $1.75M in 2021 There is a $1.4M player option for 2022 or a $700G buyout. If O’Day declines the option, the Yankees have a $3.15M option. — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 27, 2021

Ethan’s Analysis from 1/10:

After missing the end of the 2018 season with left hamstring surgery and then missing most of the 2019 season while recovering from a right forearm strain, O’Day has become an injury liabily in recent years. One of the few submarine pitchers left in the MLB, however, when he is on the mound he tends to be successful.

As a relief pitcher for his entire career, this does bring down his bWAR numbers and yet he’s never had a negative bWAR season. A One-time All Star, O’Day could be an interesting addition to the relief corp the Yankees like to boast. Over the past three seasons, O’Day has pitched to the following:

47 Games (41.2 Innings), 2.38 ERA (3.01 FIP), 0.936 WHIP, 55 Strikeouts (11.9 K/9), 194 ERA+

While there is a risk about if he will be able to play the full season, O’Day seems like the type of move the Yankees would be all over with finding a low-cost talent that the market passed over when evaluating. It never hurts to have more good relievers.


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