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MLB: Tigers Sign CP Joe Nathan to 2-Year, $20 M Contract
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MLB: Tigers Sign CP Joe Nathan to 2-Year, $20 M Contract

Dec 4 2013, 10:19pm CST | by

The Detroit Tigers signed 39-year-old closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $20 million contract on Wednesday.

The Detroit Tigers signed veteran closer Joe Nathan on Wednesday.  According to Jason Beck of the Tigers' official website, Nathan was signed to a two-year, $20 million deal, which includes a club...

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MLB: Tigers Sign CP Joe Nathan to 2-Year, $20 M Contract

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The Detroit Tigers signed 39-year-old closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $20 million contract on Wednesday.

The Detroit Tigers signed veteran closer Joe Nathan on Wednesday. 

According to Jason Beck of the Tigers' official website, Nathan was signed to a two-year, $20 million deal, which includes a club option for a third season.

Nathan, who had long been a thorn on the side of the Tigers when he played for the Minnesota Twins, is seen as the closer Detroit has been looking for during the offseason as the return of Jose Valverde didn't work out and Joaquin Benoit wasn't seen as the long-term solution. 

Tigers general Dave Dombrowski couldn't be more thrilled with the team's latest acquisition.

"Should be good for 100-plus saves the next couple years.

"We've tried to address our closing situation this wintertime. We think that we've come up with one of the best in the game. We've seen him work throughout the years, and he really sets our bullpen situation up very well."

Nathan made it no secret to the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe it's the Tigers -- perennial World Series contenders -- whom he wanted to pitch for in 2014 and beyond.

"From the moment (I) became a free agent, this was the No. 1 club we had our eyes set on. It's a dream come true. Everybody has one goal in mind, and that's just not to win, but to win a championship.

"Why would I come here? The question is,'Why wouldn't I?' This team is ready to win, they're ready to win now. (And) not just win -- it's not just about getting to the postseason. For me, it's about getting to the World Series.

"That hasn't been part of my career. It has eluded me. I'm excited to rejoin with guys like Torii Hunter (his teammate in Minnesota) and Ian Kinsler (his teammate with the Texas Rangers).

"I'm also getting a chance to watch Miguel Cabrera play on a daily basis, which is going to be something special for me..." 

Even at the age of 39, Nathan is showing everybody around the league why his arm is something to be reckoned with.

He recorded 43 saves in 2013, bringing his total to 80 in his two seasons in Texas.  With Mariano Rivera's retirement, Nathan now leads all active MLB closers with a total of 341 saves. 

Last season, he also posted a second-career-best 1.39 ERA.

The Nathan signing is just the latest activity in what has been a busy offseason for Detroit. First, the team hired former catcher Brad Ausmus to replace the departed Jim Leyland as manager. 

The Tigers then traded first baseman Prince Fielder on Nov. 21 to the Rangers for second baseman Kinsler, who, as previously mentioned, will be reunited with Nathan in Detroit.

Just a day ago, the Tigers traded right-handed pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and two lefties in Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.  

As if these weren't enough, Detroit also announced the move of Cabrera to first base while Nick Castellanos takes over as the starter at third. Dombrowski made the moves official, per Tom Gage of the Detroit News

"We've discussed going to first with Miguel, so we're making it official. He's happy to do it.

"Castellanos will make that transition for us (from left back to third). He's a natural infielder and is eager to get back there. We think he's ready to step in and play at the big-league level."

 

 
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Detroit Tigers: time for Brad Ausmus to get a clue

Sep 17 2014 8:43am CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

The Detroit Tigers had a magical victory ripped from their grasp last night thanks to the continued failures of closer Joe Nathan. After being shut down in earnest for eight torturous innings, and trailing 2-0 in the 9th, the Tigers managed to sneak two guys on base for Mr. Clutch. And once again JD Martinez delivered. He smashed a Glen Perkins fastball over the right field wall to give the Tigers the lead and all the momentum a team could ever hope for. And th ...
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MLB playoff standings 2014: Tigers fall to Twins despite late rally

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Fortunately for Detroit, the Royals lost, too. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give the Tigers a one-run lead over the Twins on Tuesday, but Minnesota answered with a pair of runs against Detroit closer Joe Nathan in the bottom half of the inning en route to a 4-3 walk-off win. The Tigers, who entered Tuesday with a 1½-game lead over the Royals in the AL Central, we ...
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Joakim Soria Could Give Detroit Tigers A Much-Needed Safety Net In Closer’s Role

Sep 16 2014 10:04am CDT | Source: Rant Sports

Over the past few years, the closer’s role has been a problem that the Detroit Tigers have had trouble solving. Last December the club signed Joe Nathan, an accomplished closer and their longtime nemesis, to a two-year, $20 million deal, thinking that he would be the lockdown closer they have desperately needed. Unfortunately, things have not [ ...
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Kinsler HR leads Tigers to sweep over Indians

Sep 14 2014 4:35pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DETROIT — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Detroit Tigers swept a three-game series against Cleveland by beating the Indians 6-4 Sunday. Kinsler went deep off reliever Bryan Shaw (5-5) to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Detroit added two more runs on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. Carlos Santana hit an RBI double in the ninth, but Joe Nathan earned his 32nd save and eighth in a row. Reliever Phil Coke (5-2) pitched the seven ...
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Kinsler HR leads Tigers to sweep over Indians

Sep 14 2014 4:35pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DETROIT — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers opened a 1 1/2-game AL Central lead by beating the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Kinsler’s homer off Bryan Shaw (5-5), his first since Aug. 30, followed Rajai Davis’ infield single and put the Tigers ahead 4-3. Detroit widened its lead in the eighth on C.C. Lee’s run-scoring wild pitch over a shoulder of catcher Chris Gimenez during an intentional walk to Kinsler. Tori ...
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Kinsler HR leads Tigers to sweep over Indians

Sep 14 2014 4:35pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DETROIT — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Detroit Tigers swept a three-game series against Cleveland by beating the Indians 6-4 Sunday. Kinsler went deep off reliever Bryan Shaw (5-5) to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Detroit added two more runs on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. Carlos Santana hit an RBI double in the ninth, but Joe Nathan earned his 32nd save and eighth in a row. Reliever Phil Coke (5-2) pitched the seventh J.D. Martinez hit a solo h ...
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Kinsler HR leads Tigers to sweep over Indians

Sep 14 2014 4:35pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DETROIT — Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers opened a 1 1/2-game AL Central lead by beating the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Kinsler’s homer off Bryan Shaw (5-5), his first since Aug. 30, followed Rajai Davis’ infield single and put the Tigers ahead 4-3. Detroit widened its lead in the eighth on C.C. Lee’s run-scoring wild pitch over a shoulder of cat ...
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VIDEO: Avila’s homer lifts Tigers to 5-4 win over Cleveland

Sep 13 2014 10:13pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

http://themajors.net/detroit/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/mlbtv_cledet_36231305_1200K.mp4 As the Royals led the Red Sox comfortably the Tigers were in danger of losing their half-game lead over Kansas City trailing Cleveland by a run in the bottom of the 8th with two outs. That was until Alex Avila, whose become incredibly clutch sent a 3-2 pitch from Bryan Shaw out over the right field wall to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead and ev ...
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Tigers down Indians to keep AL Central lead

Sep 13 2014 9:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DETROIT — Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers kept their slim AL Central lead, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday night. The Tigers remained a half-game ahead of Kansas City, which topped Boston 7-1. Avila sent a full-count pitch from reliever Bryan Shaw (5-4) into the right-field stands for his 11th home run. Victor Martinez hit his career-best 31st home run for Detroit. Joba Chamberlain (2-5) pitched an ...
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Tigers down Indians to keep AL Central lead

Sep 13 2014 9:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DETROIT — Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers kept their slim AL Central lead, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday night. The Tigers remained a half-game ahead of Kansas City, which topped Boston 7-1. Avila sent a full-count pitch from reliever Bryan Shaw (5-4) into the right-field stands for his 11th home run. Victor Martinez hit his career-best 31st home run for Detroit. Joba Chamberlain (2-5) pitc ...
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