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New York Yankees add to bullpen, sign veteran Darren O'Day, reports say


NEW YORK – After making some impact roster moves while adding financial flexibility, the New York Yankees are now working on bullpen reinforcements.

Side-arming veteran right-hander Darren O’Day has agreed to a one-year contract, as first reported by The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. The deal is pending a physical.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, O'Day is guaranteed $2.5 million in 2021.

O’Day essentially replaces Adam Ottavino, shipped to the Boston Red Sox in a rare trade this week between the rivals that provided the Yankees about $8 million in 2021 salary relief.

The Yankees could still use additional bullpen help, particularly left-handed relief. Veteran lefties Sean Doolittle and Tony Watson remain in free agency.

O’Day, 38, a one-time New York Met and former Baltimore Orioles teammate of Yanks’ reliever Zack Britton, owns a 2.51 career ERA in 13 big-league seasons.

During last year’s abbreviated 60-game season, O’Day went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA for the Atlanta Braves. In 16.1 innings, O’Day struck out 22 batters and walked just five.

There is still salary space under the $210 million luxury tax threshold for the Yankees to eventually reunite with veteran free agent outfielder Brett Gardner.

Earlier this week, the Yankees added right-handed starter Jameson Taillon via trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for four prospects.

Wednesday evening, the Yankees made official the free agent signings of infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Corey Kluber, though a strong possibility exists of additional trades to free up 40-man roster space.

According to USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale, LeMahieu will receive a full no-trade clause through the 2022 season, and a limited no-trade clause for the balance of his six-year, $90 million deal.

Kluber was signed to a one-year contract for $11 million.