|Dec. 4 12:54 PM PT1:54 PM MT2:54 PM CT3:54 PM ET15:54 ET20:54 GMT4:54 CST1:54 PM MST3:54 PM EST4:24 PM VEN0:54 UAE (+1)2:54 PM CT-The Tigers have agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen. The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Analysis: Detroit's bullpen was unsettled for much of last season. Joaquin Benoit eventually performed well as the closer, but he is now a free agent. Nathan was with the Rangers last season.
|Nov. 1 3:08 PM PT4:08 PM MT5:08 PM CT6:08 PM ET18:08 ET22:08 GMT6:08 CST3:08 PM MST5:08 PM EST5:38 PM VEN2:08 UAE (+1)4:08 PM CT-Nathan is a free agent after declining a $9 million contract option from Texas. The Rangers exercised their portion of the mutual option on Friday. General manager Jon Daniels says the Rangers feel like their bullpen is a strength and area of depth. He expects the next closer to come from within the organization.
Analysis: Nathan, who had indicated he wants a multiyear deal, was able to opt out of the deal after making 67 appearances this season. By declining the option, Nathan also gave up a $750,000 buyout. Nathan, who turns 39 later this month, had 80 saves over the past two seasons in Texas. He was 6-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 43 saves this year.
|July 24 3:27 PM PT4:27 PM MT5:27 PM CT6:27 PM ET18:27 ET22:27 GMT6:27 CST3:27 PM MST5:27 PM EST5:57 PM VEN2:27 UAE (+1)5:27 PM CT-Nathan blew his second save of the season in Texas' 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Analysis: Nathan had been 31 for 32 in save opportunities this season prior to giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning to blow the Rangers' lead.
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|2000||SF||5||2||0 - 1||20||15||0||93.1||89||63||54||12||63||4||61||1.63||5.21||$49.33|
|2002||SF||0||0||0 - 0||4||0||0||3.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.27||0.00||$5.17|
|2003||SF||12||4||0 - 3||78||0||0||79.0||51||26||26||7||33||3||83||1.06||2.96||$154.00|
|2004||Min||1||2||44 - 47||73||0||0||72.1||48||14||13||3||23||3||89||0.98||1.62||$249.83|
|2005||Min||7||4||43 - 48||69||0||0||70.0||46||22||21||5||22||1||94||0.97||2.70||$273.00|
|2006||Min||7||0||36 - 38||64||0||0||68.1||38||12||12||3||16||4||95||0.79||1.58||$267.33|
|2007||Min||4||2||37 - 41||68||0||0||71.2||54||15||15||4||19||2||77||1.02||1.88||$228.17|
|2008||Min||1||2||39 - 45||68||0||0||67.2||43||13||10||5||18||4||74||0.90||1.33||$223.17|
|2009||Min||2||2||47 - 52||70||0||0||68.2||42||16||16||7||22||1||89||0.93||2.10||$260.67|
|2011||Min||2||1||14 - 17||48||0||0||44.2||38||26||24||7||14||2||43||1.16||4.84||$89.67|
|2012||Tex||3||5||37 - 40||66||0||0||64.1||55||23||20||7||13||1||78||1.06||2.80||$214.33|
|2013||Tex||6||2||43 - 46||67||0||0||64.2||36||10||10||2||22||3||73||0.90||1.39||$257.67|
|Career||57||30||341 - 379||714||29||0||858.2||625||285||263||79||311||28||912||1.09||2.76|
|2003||SF||Total||0||1||0 - 1||2||0||0||0.1||4||3||3||1||1||0||1||81.00|
|0||1||0 - 1||2||0||0||0.1||4||3||3||1||1||0||1||81.00|
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|0||1||1 - 1||3||0||0||5.0||2||2||2||0||5||2||6||3.60|
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|0||0||0 - 1||2||0||0||2.0||5||2||2||1||1||1||2||9.00|
|2012||Tex||Total||0||0||0 - 0||1||0||0||1.0||2||2||2||0||1||0||1||18.00|
|0||0||0 - 0||1||0||0||1.0||2||2||2||0||1||0||1||18.00|
|Career||0||2||1 - 3||9||0||0||9.0||14||9||9||2||8||3||11||9.00|
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