By: Daniel Satter
Finally, the Orioles spend some money on a key player. The Orioles resigned setup man Darren O’Day to a 4 year deal worth $31 mil, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Now, O’Day has been a steady and reliable piece for Buck Showalter in Baltimore and one of the better setup men in baseball. O’Day had a remarkable 2015 campaign by making 68 appearances with a 1.52 ERA in 65.1 innings of work. Also, O’Day struck out single season career high 82 hitters.
In addition, O’Day’s 4 years in Baltimore so far have tallied up an impressive record for a reliever by going 23-8 with an ERA of 1.92 and striking out 283 batters in 263 innings. He has appeared in 273 games and can save games if needed. He saved 12 games for the Orioles in a brief period of time.
Finally, this is a well deserving deal for O’Day, but the problem is he has had Tommy John surgery earlier in his career and it could backfire near the end of his career due to his age. He is 33 years old and puts lots of pressure on his arm and body with his pitching style (submarine pitching style). I would of thought the Orioles would have gave him a 2 year deal worth more money with an option for a 3rd year. I guess the security blanket is what he wanted.