Detroit Tigers Announce Joe Nathan As Closer

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

The Detroit Tigers officially announced their two-year deal with closer Joe Nathan at a press conference.  A deal that will pay the 38-year-old closer $20 million over two years.

Signing Joe Nathan means there will be no more questions about the back-end of the bullpen.  Nathan posted a 1.39 with 43 saves will with the Rangers last season.  In fact Nathan has recorded 80 saves over the last two years after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Nathan has been a Tiger killer over his 13 year MLB career.  He is 36 for 36 in save opportunities against the Tigers.  But now the Tigers can count on him to shut down teams on the back-end of the Tigers bullpen.

We are pleased to be adding a premier closer to our ballclub,” Dombrowski said. “Joe solidifies the back-end of our bullpen and fills what we identified as a big need on our pitching staff.”

Joe Nathan was also optimistic about the opportunity to pitch in Comerica Park.

I’m just super excited,” Nathan said. “I think from the moment I became a free agent, this was the No. 1 club we set our eyes on. We were hoping this day would happen.”

According to a report by Jason Beck of MLB.com, Torii Hunter was a key player in recruiting Nathan.  Hunter said he sold the former Rangers closer on the prospects of winning it all in Detroit.

Dave Dombrowski said they will not be pursuing any other major free agent acquisitions this offseason. But remember Dombrowski said roughly the same thing regarding Prince Fielder two years ago.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Joe Nathan

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