Free agent reliever Darren O’Day is moving on after agreeing to a deal with the New York Yankees per a report by The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for one-year at $2.5 million and contains a dual option for an additional season. Heyman also reports that the Braves and Phillies were also in the running for O’Day.
Sources: Yankees in agreement on a deal with relief pitcher Darren O'Day, pending physical.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) January 27, 2021
O’Day pitched well for the Braves in 2020 making 19 appearances while allowing two earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. Despite those good numbers, Atlanta declined the $3.5 million option on O’Day’s contract for 2021 choosing instead to pay a $500,000 buyout. The Braves originally acquired O’Day along with Kevin Gausman at the trade deadline in 2018. O’Day was injured at the time of the trade and wouldn’t pitch at all that season. He was slowed by a forearm strain in 2019, but returned in time to make eight appearances late in the season.
O’Day was lauded as a veteran leader in the Braves pen in 2020, but at 38 years old and with the three-batter minimum in place, Atlanta ultimately elected to go in a different direction.