The Mets are interested in 33-year-old relief pitcher Darren O'Day, writes Marc Carig of Newsday. O'Day has spent the last four years with the Baltimore Orioles and had the best season of his career in 2015, as he made 68 appearances for and finished the year with a 1.52 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 2.49 FIP. He struck out 82 hitters and walked just 14 in 65.1 innings.
The Orioles did not extend O'Day a qualifying offer, which means it wouldn't cost the Mets—or any other team—a draft pick to sign him. The back end of the Mets' 2016 bullpen has a strong closer in Jeurys Familia, and the team plans to bring back Addison Reed, who pitched well for the Mets after the acquired him from the Diamondbacks in August.
O'Day played for the Mets briefly in 2009. The team had taken him in the Rule 5 draft following the 2008 season, but O'Day was designated for assignment so the Mets could call up Nelson Figueroa to start in Mike Pelfrey's place for one April start without putting Pelfrey on the disabled list. The Mets designated Figueroa for assignment following that start, and they lost O'Day on waivers to the Texas Rangers.