Sep 21, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Joe Nathan (36) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Texas beat Kansas City 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Free Agency: Detroit Tigers Sign Joe Nathan

Dave Dombrowski has been very busy this off season.  Hours after trading Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, a trade that freed up more money, Dombrowski wasted no time spending it.

According to reports, Joe Nathan has agreed to join the Tigers bullpen as their closer for the next two years.

Yes indeed the Tigers do have their closer.  The details of the deal have not been disclosed but signing Joe Nathan solidifies the back-end of the bullpen and will avoid the uncertainty the team experienced last season.

In the previous two seasons with the Texas Rangers, Joe Nathan saved 80 games and posted a 2.09 ERA.  Now there will be no question who will be closing games for the Tigers next season.

The bullpen for the 2014 season is finally starting to take shape. Joe Nathan will assume the closer role with recently acquired Ian Krol serving as a 7th inning/left-handed specialist.  Phil coke is also returning after signing a one year tender. That leaves the set-up man the only other urgent bullpen need that needs addressing.

With Brian Wilson close to signing with the Dodgers, the question now is whether the Tiger will spend some of that extra money on resigning Joaquin Benoit as the set-up man.

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