O’Day is the safest bet among the free-agent relievers on the market. The right-hander is coming off his first All-Star season, but will be 33 next year. Having pitched for the Orioles the past four years, the Nationals are quite familiar with the sidearm offerings of O’Day.
O’Day is reportedly seeking a four-year deal worth as much as $36 million. That’s Andrew Miller money. While it’s always good to set the bar high for yourself, it’s hard to believe a team would be willing to agree to a fourth year with O’Day. It’s simply bad business to lock down a relief pitcher into his age-36 season, especially one with an unconventional delivery. The Nationals could be willing to commit to O’Day on a three-year deal, but may be turned off by the $9 million per year price tag he is likely to command. The rest of the league has realized how good O’Day is, and the bidding war will drive up his price.