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New York Yankees finalize one-year deal with reliever Darren O’Day

Oct 6, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Darren O'Day (56) delivers a pitch in the 5th inning against the Miami Marlins during game one of the 2020 NLDS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 6, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Darren O’Day (56) delivers a pitch in the 5th inning against the Miami Marlins during game one of the 2020 NLDS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees finalized their one-year contract with free agent relief pitcher Darren O’Day on Wednesday.

To make room for the 38-year-old on their 40-man roster, the Yankees designated fellow right-hander Ben Heller for assignment.

O’Day, who agreed to terms last month, will reportedly make $1.75 million in 2021. The deal also has both a player and team option for 2022. If he exercises the option, O’Day will make $1.4 million, but if he declines it the Yankees can exercise their option for $3.15 million or buy him out for $700,000, according to reports.

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O’Day was 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in 19 games last season with Atlanta, striking out 22 batters in 16 1/3 innings.

For his career, O’Day is 40-19 with a 2.51 ERA, 21 saves and 600 strikeouts in 576 2/3 innings for the Los Angeles Angels (2008), New York Mets (2009), Texas Rangers (2009-11), Baltimore (2012-18) and Braves (2019-20).

He was an All-Star in 2015 with the Orioles, going 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA in 68 games with six saves.

–Field Level Media