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Nationals lose out on Darren O'Day, who reportedly returns to Orioles on 4-year deal

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The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles were reportedly the finalists for free agent reliever Darren O'Day, but the veteran set-up man got a four-year offer from the O's and it looks like he'll be returning to the Orioles, pending a physical.

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With Darren O'Day's choice reportedly down to returning to the Baltimore Orioles he'd pitched for over the last four years or moving south to Washington, D.C. to join the Nationals, Washington Post writer Barry Svrluga wrote on Saturday night that the decision could come down to the Nats' willingness to five the 33-year-old reliever a fourth year:

According to reports this morning, it was that fourth year that made a difference as O'Day ultimately decided to return to the O's on what is believed to be a 4-year/$31M deal:

Baltimore Sun writer Dan Connolly is reporting this morning that the Nationals and O'Day came close to a deal on Friday before the Orioles made a last-ditch effort to bring the sidewinding reliever back to Camden Yards:

So where do Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals' front office turn now as they attempt to revamp their bullpen?

Reports last night said the Nats would be shopping '09 1st Round pick Drew Storen this week at the Winter Meetings.

Will Mike Rizzo be able to find a deal for Jonathan Papelbon?

Any other free agent relievers the Nationals should target or is the trade market the answer going foward?

Should the Nationals have been willing to go to a fourth year with O'Day?: