Posted November 12, 2013

Report: Joe Nathan, Tigers have ‘mutual interest’

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Could Joe Nathan be a fit at closer for the Tigers? (Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Could Joe Nathan be a fit at closer for the Tigers? (Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Free-agent closer Joe Nathan and the Detroit Tigers have “mutual interest” in one another, Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reported Monday.

The Tigers need a closer, whether it is bringing back Joaquin Benoit, a free agent, or bringing in someone like Nathan. According to Morosi, Nathan has the Tigers “high on his wish list.”

Nathan, who will turn 39 later this month, declined a $9 million option with the Texas Rangers earlier in November. After a sub-par season with the Minnesota Twins in 2009, Nathan returned to form over the past two seasons with the Rangers. In 2013, he had a 1.39 ERA and 43 saves, and he struck out more than one batter per inning. He has made at least 66 appearances in each of the last two seasons.

Nathan made clear upon declining his option with the Rangers that he wants a multi-year contract.


4 comments
ineedataxi
ineedataxi

The Bengals should sign the Beard

Marty2
Marty2

Note to new Tiger manager:  Please institute a new grooming standard for the players.  They don't look like baseball players.  Too often they look like Joe S**t the Ragbag.

oasis1994
oasis1994

If I were the Tigers I would trade for Papelbon. Nathan has never been good in the playoffs. The Tigers do not need another good season guy and bad post season presence. Papelbon is much better and I think the Tigers could swing a trade to get him.

On the other hand, Nathan would only cost the Tigers money.

rjfisher72
rjfisher72

@oasis1994 papelbon not only would cost a player or two but he's still owed alot of $$$, $12 million  each season in 2014 and 2015, no thanks.