The Nationals are now a leading suitor for reliever Darren O’Day, a source tells Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The Nats have been connected to O’Day for some time, but it appears that they have ramped up their pursuit.
On Saturday, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com noted that the Nations could have a potential edge in luring O’Day since his wife is a TV reporter working for a station in Washington D.C. At the same time, the Dodgers and Braves are also eyeing O’Day and they have their own advantages. The 33-year-old’s family lives in the Atlanta area, so the Braves could have some form of a hometown advantage. Meanwhile, the Dodgers can probably offer the most money of the three.
O’Day is said to be seeking a four-year pact in the range of $28-36MM total and reportedly left the GM Meetings with multiple offers in hand. Presumably, none of the offers extended to him in Boca Raton were in that range, but the Dodgers have been connected to O’Day from the onset of the offseason and they reportedly have “significant” interest. In addition to the Nats, Dodgers, and Braves, O’Day has been linked to the been linked to the Tigers, Mets, Cubs, Nationals, Red Sox, and Royals, though Boston and Detroit may now be less interested in high-priced bullpen pieces.