DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Detroit Tigers have continued their busy offseason, reportedly agreeing to a two year, 20-million dollar deal with closer Joe Nathan. Various media outlets, including the Free Press and USA Today, indicated the agreement was reached Tuesday. The 38-year old Nathan saved 43 games this past season for the Texas Rangers while going 6-2 with a 1.39 ERA. Detroit will be happy to have Nathan on their side for a change. He’s a perfect 36-for-36 in save chances against the Tigers since 2004.
Signing a closer and revamping the bullpen was a top priority for Detroit heading into the offseason. Last year’s closer, Joaquin Benoit, is a free agent and the team did not exercise its club option to bring back Jose Veras, while lefty Drew Smyly is likely slated for the starting rotation after the deal that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players Monday night.
It seems Tiger G-M Dave Dombrowski isn’t yet done dealing this week with reports he may be going after a new lead-off hitter for next season, supposedly targeting Cincinnati’s left-handed batting outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Tuesday’s headline grabber in baseball came from the American League East as the New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal with Boston’s speedy free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.