Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:22:57 -0800
Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan will make $9 million next year and $10 million in 2015. His deal includes a $10 million option for the 2016 season with a $1 million buyout. He's guaranteed $20 million.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:38:31 -0800
Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan will receive around $20 million as part of his two-year deal with the team.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:52:51 -0800
The Detroit Tigers agreed with free-agent CL Joe Nathan (Rangers) on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Tip: Nathan had a great year with the Rangers last season with a 1.39 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 43 saves in 46 opportunities. One thing you shouldn't overlook, though, is his declining strikeout rate. It was 11.67 in 2009 before his elbow injury, and it dipped to 10.91 in 2012 and 10.16 in 2013. At 39 years old, it's fair to expect it to dip a little more this year. However, he'll have ample save opportunities in Detroit. He has been great in Comerica Park with a 1.52 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP lifetime.
The Rangers will likely look to Neftali Feliz or Joakim Soria to fill their closer void. Both are coming back from injuries and have been high-end closers in the past. Both have the potential to be again.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:17:02 -0800
The Detroit Tigers are close to signing free-agent CL Joe Nathan (Rangers).
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:47:21 -0800
The New York Yankees are currently engaged in talks with free-agent OF Carlos Beltran (Cardinals), OF Shin-Soo Choo (Reds), SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), OF Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) and SP Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), while eyeing RP Joe Nathan (Rangers) and Japanese import P Masahiro Tanaka. The team is doing so while pressing their own star, 2B Robinson Cano, for a meeting soon to figure out whether there is a chance the two sides can narrow a sizeable gap in their contract figures.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:55:28 -0800
The Detroit Tigers have mutual interest in free-agent RP Joe Nathan (Rangers). Nathan has the Tigers high on his wish list.
Sun, 03 Nov 2013 10:35:17 -0800
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated the team likely will not re-sign impending free-agent RP Joe Nathan this offseason.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:18:14 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan voided his contract option for the 2014 season Friday, Nov. 1, making him a free agent. The Rangers picked up their side of the option.
Fantasy Tip: The Rangers could re-sign Nathan, but that's unlikely since he's looking for a multi-year deal and the club has plenty of other holes to fill. Look for either Joakim Soria or Tanner Scheppers to enter the season as the closer in Texas.
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:38:42 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan would prefer to negotiate a multi-year deal. The team has three days to decide whether to exercise his $9 million option for the 2014 season or give him a buyout of $750,000. Nathan can void the option after finishing at least 55 games this season. "I want at least two years," Nathan said. "The last couple of years, I think I've proven that I'm healthy. I think I've proven to lots of skeptics and critics that I can handle a two-year deal or maybe two and an option." Nathan had 43 saves, a 1.39 ERA and 73 strikeouts this year.
Fantasy Tip: Texas has both Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers who would be more than capable of filling the closer role if the Rangers decide to let Nathan walk. Soria will be pitching in his first full season back after Tommy John surgery, too.
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:09:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan is expected to decline his $9.5 million option for the 2014 season and become a free agent. However, a formal decision is unlikely to be made until after the World Series is over. If Nathan leaves Texas, RPs Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers appear to be the top candidates for the closer's role.