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Braves Re-Sign Reliever Darren O'Day to 1-Year Deal

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 09:  Darren O'Day #56 of the Atlanta Braves delivers the pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning in game five of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 09, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Darren O'Day didn't get much of a chance to make an impact in Atlanta last season, as he spent most of the year recovering from a forearm injury. The Braves traded for the veteran right-hander midway through the 2018 season in a deal with Baltimore, but he never appeared for the team due to his injury.

Well, in 2019, he logged eight relief appearances in a small-batch comeback, recording a 1.69 ERA across 5.1 innings, and it looks like that small sample size was enough to warrant a new deal for the 37-year-old.

The new deal will see the veteran earn $2.25 million in 2020, and has a club option worth $3.5 million for the 2021 season.

O'Day is a 12-year veteran who started his big league career with the Angels in 2008. He spent one season in Anaheim before joining the Mets for a brief stint. He then moved to Texas from 2009-11, discovering his relief ace-like tendencies before finding a longer-term home in Baltimore from 2012-18.

While with the O's, O'Day logged a 2.40 ERA over 391 relief appearances, striking out 424 batters in 374.1 innings of work.