Earlier this afternoon Lindsey Adler broke the news of former Oriole and Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Darren O’Day signed a one-year deal with the Yankees pending physical. The 38-year-old spent last season with the Braves. He pitched in 19 games with a 4-0 record. He also pitched to a career-best 1.10 ERA. In his two years with Atlanta O’Day has accumulated at a 4-0 record with a 1.25 ERA in 21.2 innings with a 28/6 strikeout to walk ratio. He is a pitch to contact type pitcher who brings a sinker slider combination to the table. He also throws at an abnormal arm angle which makes it difficult for right-handed batters to pick up the baseball.
The deal will pay him 2.5 million for the 2021 season while also carrying a mutual option for the 2022 season. This move comes on the heels of the trade that sent pitcher Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox. O’Day should bring much-needed reinforcements to a depleted Yankees bullpen that has lost Tommy Kahnle, Jonathan Holder, and the afformentioned Adam Ottavino. This should also bring a veteran clubhouse presence to a team who is still fairley young. The bullpen was the main issue last year and O’Day is the first step to rebuliding a pen that can get the pinstripes back to he world series.