Eric OFlaherty made 895,000 last year, when he led major league relievers with a 0.98 ERA and became the first reliever in MLB history to finish with an ERA below 1.00 in at least 70 appearances.
Backed by his incredible 2011 numbers, which included 67 strikeouts in 73 23 innings, OFlaherty signed a one-year deal worth 2.49 million in January.
Andy Johnston recently chatted with OFlaherty, who talked about his record-setting season, whether he can do it again and his raise.
Q: Have you moved on personally from the disappointment of last year?
A: I think Ive made an effort to be more prepared this year.
Q: As players, do yall talk about maybe injuries or timing or things like that?
A: We lost two of our big players, big stars, and we just got in a spot at the wrong time. When you do that in July, its not a big deal, but when you do it in September, its going to make headlines. I think everyone understands that we have a good group of guys, and going into September we were 10 g...