Although Darren O’Day is not going to be an option for higher leverage innings at this stage of his career, he could easily help the Oakland A’s bullpen.
A battle tested sidearmer, O’Day is the type of pitcher that fits perfectly in the middle of a bullpen. His funky delivery, coupled with his impressive command and fastball/slider combo, make him a nightmare for right handed hitters.
Although he did not spend all season in the majors, he has been a solid piece in the Yankees’ bullpen when called upon. He had allowed just three runs on eight hits and two walks over his ten innings, striking out ten batters. That type of performance would certainly help in the middle of the A’s relief corps.
O’Day is also not likely to cost much in regards to prospects. The 38 year old is on a one year deal, brought in as a solid veteran to fill out a remade bullpen. He has lived up to his end of the bargain, and could prove to be a useful piece for a team looking for an under the radar upgrade.
Even with their limitations, the Oakland A’s should be able to find pieces to help the bullpen. Darren O’Day would be one such option.