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Darren O'Day sees reliever value skyrocket, wants the Orioles to keep bullpen intact

Darren O'Day sees reliever value skyrocket, wants the Orioles to keep bullpen intact

When the Orioles retained right-hander Darren O’Day on a four-year, $31 million deal this time last year, it marked the most the club has spent on a free-agent reliever. A year later, that payout pales in comparison to the money being spent this offseason on late-inning bullpen arms.

At last week’s winter meetings, right-hander Mark Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, a record deal for a closer. That record stood just two days before the New York Yankees inked left-hander Aroldis Chapman for five years and $86 million. On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers retained their closer, right-hander Kenley Jansen, with a five-year deal worth...

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