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.