|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.