Tag: Darren O'Day

Brett Gardner, Yankees Mutually Decline Option

The Yankees’ offseason has now officially begun. The team announced that Brett Gardner declined his $2.3 million player option today; in turn, the Yankees declined their $7.15 million team option for the longest-tenured Yank. In other, related news, Darren O’Day declined his player option, and the Yankees declined. That was not surprising.

Yankees place Darren O’Day on 10-day IL, recall Michael King

This isn’t the news anyone wants to wake up to. Especially not after an extremely satisfying win last night. Darren O’Day, a key offseason acquisition to the team’s bullpen who’s pitched well, has a rotator cuff strain and is on the injured list. Michael King is back to replace him on the roster.

O’Day has a 3.00 ERA in 9 innings this season, and up until his last two appearances, had been extremely effective. He gave up a run in each of his last two appearances, which perhaps portended something wasn’t quite right. Hopefully this isn’t anything too serious for the 38 year-old righty, but rotator cuff injuries are definitely concerning.

King’s back, and deservedly so. He’s been the tough luck odd man out on the Scranton shuttle a few times already this season in spite of tossing 11 scoreless frames thus far.

We’ll likely have more information on O’Day’s prognosis once Aaron Boone speaks to the media prior to this afternoon’s game.

The bullpen: A great stable of arms [2021 Season Preview]

Newbie Darren O’Day sure knew how to endear himself to a fanbase, huh? There clearly was some intent in that comment early this month. As you may recall, Rays’ manager Kevin Cash touted his stable of guys who throw 98 last year in response to the beef the Yankees and Rays had. It sounded a bit threatening after Aroldis Chapman threw some chin music to Mike Brosseau. Granted, the Rays got the last laugh. It’s a new year though, and this bullpen is clearly pretty good, as O’Day said.

The locks

Although Aroldis Chapman‘s high octane fastball is no longer unique among his peers, he’s still one of the league’s best closers. He’ll continue to blow his upper-90s heat by hitters in 2021, but that might not be his only big threat anymore. Sure, his slider has been effective at times in the past, but this year, Chapman plans to incorporate the splitter he teased last season. It’s looked pretty nasty in camp.

As tantalizing as that split looks, there’s one ultimate goal for Chapman this season: to record the clinching out of the World Series rather than end his year like the previous two postseasons. One last note: Chapman will serve a two-game suspension to start the season as a result of this aforementioned incident against the Rays last season.

Yankees announce O’Day signing, DFA Heller

It’s been two weeks since we first heard that the Yankees had signed Darren O’Day. Now, the move is official. To make room for O’Day on the 40-man roster, the team designated Ben Heller for assignment. He seemed like the odd man out to me, so this isn’t a big surprise.

The Yankees now have seven days to either trade Heller or place him on irrevocable waivers. I anticipate the team working out a minor trade rather than losing Heller on the waiver wire, though there’s always an outside chance that he sneaks through. After all, the oft-injured righty has pitched in just 31 big league games since 2016.

Heller was one of the four pieces to come over from Cleveland (along with Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and JP Feyereisen) in the Andrew Miller trade. He had some promise as a late inning reliever, but simply hasn’t been able to put things together over an extended stretch due to injuries. Perhaps a change of scenery (but more so better health) will do him some good.

Report: Yankees have deal with Darren O’Day, pending physical

Just a couple of days after shipping out Adam Ottavino, the Yankees have nabbed a replacement. I think everyone was anticipating a bullpen addition at some point soon, just not Darren O’Day. Rather, someone like Trevor Rosenthal or Shane Greene, who we briefly discussed on the latest podcast episode.

Earlier this offseason, Atlanta rejected its $3.5 million option to retain O’Day for 2021. Now, O’Day gets $2.5 million for one season from the Yanks. That’s a remarkably cheap deal for a guy with the fifth-lowest ERA since 2008, minimum 500 innings. Impressive as that stat is, he’s still limited in that he’s a righty specialist thanks to his sidewinding motion. That makes him slide right into the role that Ottavino vacated. Righties have a .193/.262/.287 line against O’Day all-time.

O’Day, 38 years of age, had some of his best years with Baltimore but just finished a strong campaign with Atlanta. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the righty had a 1.10 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched plus a terrific 32.8 percent strikeout rate.

The Yankees have two 40-man spots open, but they will need to open up one more for O’Day since the DJ LeMahieu and Corey Kluber signings aren’t official yet.

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