ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 24: Darren O'Day #56 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Red Sox beat the Rangers 13-2. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
O'Day, a sidearming righthander, had become a fan favorite since he was claimed off of waivers from the New York Mets in 2009. O'Day famously arrived at
Safeco Field the Rogers Centermid-game after having been claimed and come in to pitch against the Mariners Blue Jays while wearing a Kason Gabbard jersey.
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O'Day's roster spot appeared to be in jeopardy, in light of his injury-plagued 2011 season and his salary escalating in arbitration. Still, I'm surprised the Rangers would simply waive him, rather than trying to trade him, particularly given that O'Day had options remaining.
Baltimore, meanwhile, continues to hoard former Ranger relievers. Among those who were once in the Ranger system who pitched with Baltimore last season are Alfredo Simon, Tommy Hunter, Willie Eyre, Clay Rapada, Josh Rupe, and Pedro Strop.