Add the Athletics to the list of teams with reported interest in free agent reliever Darren O'Day, per a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Other teams interested in the right-hander include the Mets, Royals, Dodgers, Tigers, Nationals and Red Sox. The Braves were also reportedly interested but that quickly “evaporated” when they learned of his asking price.
O’Day has ranked among the game’s best relievers over the last four seasons. In that span of time, he has a 1.92 ERA with a 283/62 K/BB ratio over 263 innings. Among relievers who have racked up at least 200 innings since the start of the 2012 season, only Wade Davis, Craig Kimbrel, Koji Uehara, and Aroldis Chapman have posted a better earned run average.
However, O’Day is 33 years old and, according to Slusser, is projected to get a deal worth as much as $36 million on a multi-year deal. There will be some risk involved and that may be too much for the relatively small-market A’s.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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