Darren O’Day is one of the most sought after relief pitchers on the open market this offseason. As the 33-year-old is expected to receive multi-year contract offers from numerous teams, his former team, the Baltimore Orioles, still have hopes to retain their All Star setup man.
Source: Orioles have made a ‘competitive’ offer to Darren O’Day and are back into the conversation to retain him: https://t.co/dRfv2WerYO
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) December 1, 2015
According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, O’Day is in the process of narrowing down his list of potential landing spots, and the Orioles have made an offer that have put them right back into the mix. The Orioles offer is said to be competitive compared to other offers the right hander already has on the table.
It’s very likely that O’Day, the top ranked relief pitcher on the free agent market according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, could reach an agreement with a team before the winter meetings start on Monday in Nashville. Along with the Orioles, other teams in the mix for O’Day include the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals.
The Orioles have maintained interest in re-signing their setup man, but their formal offer suggests that they are serious about retaining O’Day’s services. O’Day has spent the last four seasons in Baltimore, and has had a tremendous amount of success. The right hander has appeared in at least 68 games in each season he has spent with the Orioles, posting a 23-8 record with a 1.92 ERA in 273 total appearances with the team.