The Nationals have been linked to top free agent reliever Darren O'Day for weeks now, but a new report has them as the front-runners to sign him.
The latest development comes from The Baltimore Sun and says the Nats are the favorites now over both the Orioles and the Braves:
Now hearing that the #Nationals are the clear front-runner for O'Day. A deal could happen soon. O'Day has spent last 4 years w Os
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) December 4, 2015
O'Day, 33, is coming off an excellent 2015 season with Baltimore. He held a 1.52 ERA through 68 relief appearances and made his first All-Star team. He has a 1.92 ERA in four years (273 total games) since signing with the Orioles before the 2012 season.
The right-hander also has plenty of playoff experience, though with varying results. He has a 5.02 career postseason ERA in 20 total appearances.
The Nationals need bullpen help and O'Day is the best reliever in this year's free agent class. He will likely command an expensive contract worth at least three years, but there is no denying the talent he would bring to their staff.