Free agent reliever Darren O’Day is asking teams for four years with a guarantee in the range of $28MM to $36MM, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. That’s hardly a surprising request, as the veteran righty probably represents the best free agent pen piece on the open market.
MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes ranked O’Day 33rd on his list of the top fifty free agents. While he predicted that O’Day would command an average annual value in the range suggested by today’s report, Dierkes also said that he expects only a three-year guaranteed term. Last year, two relievers achieved four-year deals, but both (Andrew Miller and David Robertson) were significantly younger than O’Day. Miller’s guarantee came in at $36MM, while Robertson got $46MM in his contract.
It remains an open question whether the 33-year-old can secure that added season. O’Day appears to have a wide market, but at least two prospective landing spots — the Red Sox and Tigers — may no longer be willing to pay top dollar for a reliever after adding options via trade. And there are other major relief arms still on the trading block, not to mention other quality free agents (such as Joakim Soria and Tyler Clippard) to contend with.