Report: Nationals, Orioles finalists for Darren O’Day

The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles are the finalists to sign top free agent reliever Darren O’Day, according to Bill Ladson of

Washington is the “clear front-runner” to sign O’Day and a deal could happen sometime soon, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

O’Day, 33, would give the Nationals the set-up man the team has coveted since trading away Tyler Clippard. Adding O’Day on what is could be a four-year deal worth roughly $8 million would be a big move for the Nationals and could spell the end of time for either Jonathan Papelbon or Drew Storen in Washington.

Losing O’Day would be a big blow for the Orioles and it’s unknown how they would go about filling his spot for the upcoming season.

In 68 appearances with the Orioles in 2015, O’Day went 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and a 82/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

In his eight-year career, O’Day has been incredibly productive, going 31-13 with a 2.31 ERA and a 431/111 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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