BALTIMORE — If this offseason has shown anything so far, it’s that it’s a pretty good time to be a reliever. And the Orioles are in the fortunate spot of already having an enviable bullpen, which includes plenty of arms other teams covet.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette admitted as much at the Winter Meetings, adding that the ‘pen is a strength he’d like to see remain so. Guys like Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Mychal Givens have all drawn interest and — should they continue to perform at a high level — the O’s relief corps could be even better in 2017.
How? A healthy Darren O’Day.
The setup man appeared in just 34 games for the Orioles last season, posting his highest ERA (3.77) since 2011 while with Texas. Baltimore was able to grab O’Day on a waiver claim that offseason.
“It’s the same pattern that happened to me in 2011. I hurt my lower body, came back and hurt my shoulder,” O’Day said of this past season. “And then if you look at 2012 through 2015, I was healthy for four years, so let’s …