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Darren O'Day
Birthdate: 10/22/1982 (34 y, 5 m, 1 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/225     Position: P
Drafted: 2008 Rule 5 Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 15, Overall: 15, Team: New York Mets
Contract: $31M / 4 Years (2016 - 2019)
RotoWire News: O'Day won't see much action in early Grapefruit League games as the team plans to bring him along slowly during this year's extended spring training, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. (3/1/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Coming off four straight seasons with a sub-2.30 ERA (and a sub-3.00 SIERA), Darren O'Day signed a $31 million deal to stay in the Orioles bullpen through 2019. Unfortunately, the first year on the submariner's new contract didn't go as hoped. O'Day had an excellent April, striking out nearly 40% of the batters he faced and posting a 2.32 xFIP, but spent the rest of the year hobbled by injuries -- first, a hamstring injury that kept him out for most of June and July, then (after a few appearances in August) a rotator cuff strain that landed him on the DL for for another month. O'Day is being handled gently in spring training so far, but should be ready to play come Opening Day. When healthy, O'Day is one of the best setup men in baseball, with an unusual pitch arsenal that generates swinging strikes and outperforms his ERA estimators. At the age of 34, though, there's no guarantee he won't break down again -- and even if he stays healthy, he's not a lock to regain his 2012-2015 form or to hold on to the top setup role in a quality Orioles pen. O'Day is likely to fly under the fantasy radar due to his 2016 woes, so he's a good late-round pick in deeper leagues that value middle relievers, but keep an eye on his place in the bullpen and don't count on him as your top holds guy. (Brice Russ)

The Quick Opinion: O'Day started strong in 2016, but lost most of the season to various injuries. He's not a lock to regain his form this year, but even a partial bounceback would provide value for leagues with holds.

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