Well, if you were hoping the Braves were going to go all-in and spend a lot this offseason, be prepared to be disappointed. Today, they decided to decline Darren O’Day’s club option that was for only $3.5 million next season.
Braves turn down Darren O’Day $3.5M option. Bit of a surprise considering how well he’s pitched for Braves (1.21 ERA in 2 years there). Not as big a shock as Brad Hand going on outright waivers but not something you’d expect.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 29, 2020
As Heyman said, this move is pretty shocking, considering O’Day is coming off a season in which he had a 1.10 ERA and ridiculous 12.1 K/9 ratio in 19 appearances for the Braves. However, this appears to be the landscape of the MLB following a year in which they lost a lot of revenue because of the coronavirus.
I think most of us thought bringing back O’Day was a no-brainer. Unfortunately, it looks like the Braves are going to be pinching pennies this offseason, and Anthopoulos is trying to save as much as he can so they can re-sign more crucial pieces.