Sure, it will be painful watching O’Day sign a four-year deal worth $32-36 million with someone else this offseason. What makes the inevitable loss of an All-Star setup man slightly tolerable is the fact that the Orioles have another potential All-Star waiting in the wings ready to assume the eighth-inning mantle from O’Day (barring a miraculous re-signing). Givens was phenomenal in his 30.0 innings with the big club last season. He went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 22 games and struck out 11.4 per nine.
The former minor league shortstop throws a 95 mph fastball from the hip with a devastating slider. Givens has outstanding control and a devastating slider. He only began pitching in 2013, and will only continue to improve going forward at the big league level. A full season from the 25-year-old right-hander in 2016 will do a lot to help fill the O’Day-sized hole in the Orioles’ bullpen.