The first significant domino to fall on the free-agent market may be Darren O'Day. According to a report from ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the market for the right-hander is moving quickly, as he has "multiple offers" in hand less than a week into free agency.
O'Day's agent, Jeff Borris, declined comment when asked about the status of his client's free-agent negotiations.
Reports throughout the last week have linked O'Day to multiple teams, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Tigers, Cubs, Royals and Red Sox. One agent involved in the free-agent market for relievers said Wednesday that he had heard O'Day's name "all over," and that the Dodgers, Nationals and Tigers appeared to be three of the most likely destinations at this point.
Some reports have indicated that the Orioles will have a chance to match any offer that O'Day receives, but he may price out of their range. There has been speculation that the Diamondbacks may jump into the race for a free-agent reliever such as O'Day or Joakim Soria, but one source said Wednesday that the team has not yet decided whether or not they will seriously pursue late-inning relief help.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, O'Day is expected to receive a deal greater than the three-year, $18.5 million deal that Luke Gregerson signed with the Astros last December. Crasnick confirms the Dodgers' interest in O'Day, calling it "significant" in nature.
At this point, it appears as though the market for O'Day is a robust one, with many teams making offers and expressing their interest as the landscape for free-agent relievers begins to take shape.