Darren O’Day seeking four years, up to $36 million in free agency
The Mets are searching for ways to fortify their bullpen and strengthen the bridge to Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning.
One reliever the Mets have expressed interest in for this role, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, is former Met RHP Darren O’Day.
But according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, O’Day – the top free agent reliever on the market – is seeking a deal in the range of four years totaling $28-36 million.
The Mets are very unlikely to go down that path with O’Day.
The Mets are projected to be committed to anywhere between $8-10 million to both Familia and Addison Reed in 2016. If they met O’Day half way and signed him to a four-year, $32 million deal, they’d be committed to $16-18 million for three relief pitchers in 2016, hardly ideal from a payroll allocation perspective.
Still, O’Day would serve as the glue for an uncertain bullpen for the Mets, and unquestionably help to create the lockdown formula the Mets are seeking this winter. He has posted an ERA of 2.30 or less in each of the last four seasons, saving his best for 2015 when he went 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings and a whopping 274 ERA+.
But there are plenty of other opportunities via free agency for the Mets, and if the Mets want a veteran upgrade on the right side, they should have no problem taking advantage of such opportunities.
There’s always relievers like Joakim Soria, Ryan Madson, Jonathan Broxton, and Trevor Cahill, all of which might take one-year contracts, although Soria could command a two-year deal.
As for Soria, the the Mets have expressed in him, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. And he now has one less suitor as the Tigers acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers on Wednesday. But it’s possible Soria will want to close next season, which could hinder the Mets ability to sign the 31-year-old reliever.