Darren O'Day served mainly in the set-up role for the Orioles, but despite notching just six saves, he ended the 2015 season as a top 70 pitcher in Rotisserie value. Thanks to his 82 strikeouts, 1.52 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, O'Day ranked higher than several closers, including Brad Ziegler and Drew Storen. He resigned with the Orioles and will once again set up for closer Zach Britton. O'Day should have similar value to what he had last year, but he can still go undrafted in standard mixed leagues.
O'Day officially agreed to a four-year, $31 million contract with the Orioles on Monday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports. O'Day has now officially signed with the Orioles after the deal was prematurely leaked Sunday. He has locked in one of the highest-paying reliever contracts in baseball history. O'Day has lowered his ERA every year since his 2.28 ERA in 2012 and has proven his durability by never throwing less than 60 innings per season. With Zach Britton as the closer, it is probable that O'Day remains the set-up man for 2016.
O'Day announced from his Twitter account that reports he had reached an agreement for a four-year deal with the Orioles were premature. O'Day's agreement with Baltimore was widely reported, so it is very unclear how deep in the process the player and team were in negotiations and how this could have been miscommunicated. It's worth noting that the submariner was down to the Orioles and Nationals as possible destinations, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Reliever Darren O'Day agreed to a four-year, $31 million contract with the Orioles on Sunday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sport reports. O'Day had previously been reported to be deciding between the Orioles and Nationals, but Washington's reluctance to give O'Day a fourth year, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, means the sidearmer will return to Baltimore with one of the richest reliever contracts in baseball history. While he possesses one of MLB's most unique deliveries, he has also been one its most consistent set-up men, throwing a 2.28 ERA in 2012 and lowering that mark every year since while never registering less than 60 innings per season. He is getting paid closer money, Zach Britton remains entrenched in that role for Baltimore, so it's likely O'Day simply remains a premium set-up man barring injuries.
Orioles temporary closer Darren O'Day continued to do a marvelous impersonation of injured full-time closer Zach Britton on Thursday. He picked up his third save in as many days, hurling a perfect ninth inning to close the door on the Nationals in a 5-4 win. O'Day is doing quite well. Not only has he saved four straight games, but he hasn't allowed a baserunner in any of those appearances. If you're in need of saves, O'Day could be a great pickup for the final couple of weeks. With that said, he probably won't be available for the game Friday against Toronto.
Orioles reliever Darren O'Day picked up another save Wednesday, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Nationals. He's now recorded saves on consecutive days, adding some shine to what's been a spectacular season for O'Day. In fact, he's really had four consecutive spectacular seasons since coming to Baltimore. He's got a 1.91 ERA as an Oriole with 278 strikeouts in 259 innings, so it's nice to see him get rewarded with some saves while Zach Britton is sidelined. The five he's got now represent a new career high.