Free agent O'Day expected to sign soon

Reliever has received interest from several teams

Free agent O'Day expected to sign soon

Darren O'Day is arguably the top reliever on this year's free-agent market, and it appears he is nearing a decision on his next contract.

According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have made the setup man a "competitive offer" with hopes of keeping the much sought-after reliever in Baltimore. The O's have maintained contact with O'Day all offseason, and indications are that O'Day could agree to a new contract before the Winter Meetings begin on Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

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The 33-year-old has spent the past four seasons with the Orioles and has emerged as one of the top bullpen arms in the game.

O'Day is 31-13 lifetime with a 2.31 ERA. In four years with Baltimore, he is 23-8 with a 1.92 ERA and 12 saves.

The story also lists the Nationals, Braves and Dodgers among the others most interested in O'Day, and it indicates he could receive a four-year deal worth $8 million to $9 million per season due to the thin free-agent market for relief pitchers.

Another factor that could weigh into O'Day's decision is that his wife, Elizabeth Prann, is an anchor/reporter for FOX News who works out of nearby Washington.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.