Joe Nathan RUMORS & NEWS

  • Tigers decline option for 2016 season on closer Joe Nathan, who is now a free agent

    Michigan Live "Joe Nathan is free to sign with any major league team. But time will tell whether his career in the major leagues is over. The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that they have declined the option for the 2016 season for right-hander Joe Nathan. Nathan is now a free agent. The Tigers held a..." November 03

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Joe Nathan has torn UCL and tendon. Season over #Tigers

  • Tigers likely to reveal Nathan's condition Thursday

    Detroit News "The Tigers apparently know the fate of closer Joe Nathan; but after the 13-4 loss to the Yankees Wednesday, manager Brad Ausmus wasn't ready to disclose it. "We're going to hold off before we make any announcement on that," he said. Nathan had to leave his rehab appearance in Toledo after..." April 23

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    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    That's it for Joe Nathan. He tried to throw a warm-up pitch, but immediately exited after his first warm-up throw.

  • Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan exits rehab appearance early after suffering apparent injury

    Michigan Live "Joe Nathan's rehab appearance has been cut short. Nathan, the Detroit Tigers reliever, exited his rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo earlier than planned Wednesday after suffering an apparent injury. Eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Nathan was scheduled to throw..." April 22

  • Tigers' Nathan diagnosed with Grade 1 flexor strain

    The Score "Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Nathan says his sore right elbow is improving, but he doesn't expect to pick up a baseball for at least another week. Nathan, who was placed on the disabled list after Wednesday's 11-0 win over the Minnesota Twins, confirmed to reporters Friday the injury is a Grade..." April 10

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    Chris McCosky @cmccosky

    Nathan going on 15-day DL. Elbow flexor strain. Hardy recalled. Soria closing

  • Nathan avoids big inning, injury on deflection "Joe Nathan made two mistakes with location Sunday. He only paid for one of them. His elevated fastball to the Nationals' Tyler Moore on his second pitch of the day led to a leadoff double and eventually a run -- his first in four outings since he struggled against the Phillies on March 12. His..." March 23

  • Tigers' Joe Nathan after spring training boos: 'Fans aren't in my mind'

    Sporting News "Safe to say Joe Nathan and Tigers fans aren't getting along too well since the former All-Star signed a $20 million contract with Detroit in December 2013, and Thursday's outing didn't help mend the relationship. The relief pitcher was charged with six runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk..." March 13

  • Brad Ausmus believes 2014 was 'aberration' for Joe Nathan, says he lacked options to replace him

    Michigan Live "Joe Nathan feels better about himself. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus feels better about Nathan, too. But Ausmus also feels better about his other options to close out games as the Tigers prepare for the 2015 season. Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that he doesn't believe the aging..." February 26

  • Tigers' Nathan hopes to prove 2014 season was fluke

    Fox Sports Detroit "There was probably no one happier to say goodbye to 2014 than Joe Nathan. The invincible closer who had tortured the Tigers for years by never blowing a save against them suddenly became mortal when he joined them, blowing seven of his 42 save opportunities. "I always say it's a fine line..." February 12

  • Nathan alters offseason workouts, looks for better start "The Tigers’ Winter Caravan ritual of putting players in regular jobs while interacting with fans brought them to Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester Hills, where Nick Castellanos and Joe Nathan were waiting on tables and delivering orders to customers during the lunch hour. That, of course, led to the..." January 23

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    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    Joe Nathan is dealing with elbow tenderness -- which explains why he has been unavailable the past few games.

  • Tigers closer Joe Nathan appears to, finally, be finding groove

    Detroit News "This is one of those fate-tempting notes. You know the kind. As soon as you think it, but especially as soon as you write it, the reverse happens. But here goes. If Joe Nathan’s ERA drops as much with his next outing — or even close to as much — as it did with his 29th save on Tuesday..." September 04

  • Tigers closer Nathan apologizes "Joe Nathan apologized on Thursday morning for making two obscene gestures toward frustrated Detroit Tigers fans after his outing on Wednesday. Nathan, the team's closer, was booed when he walked the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning but did not allow a run in the 8-4 victory over..." August 15

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Nathan will remain closer, Dave Dombrowski confirms in email.

  • Joe Nathan survives shaky 9th as Tigers earn split

    Detroit News "They huffed, they puffed, they split. It wasn’t an easy four-game series for the Tigers in Oakland. Their losses were of the 10-0 and walk-off variety. But their wins, both of them, were the kind that told them not all is wrong in their world. As long as you can escape from multiple jams..." May 29

  • Joe Nathan happy to be with Tigers, still pitching

    Detroit Free Press "Joe Nathan’s first season with the Tigers will be his 20th season in pro baseball. The most soaring moment and most troubling moment in that long journey came less than six months apart. On Oct. 6, 2009, in the AL Central tiebreaker game, Nathan escaped trouble to hold off the Tigers in the..." December 08

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Nathan deal with #Tigers is in $20M range for two years.

  • Tigers agree to two-year deal with closer Joe Nathan

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers made a major trade Monday night. They appear to be on the verge of making a major free-agent signing Tuesday. Free agent closer Joe Nathan will sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of Ken Rosenthal of appears..." December 03

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

    Joe Nathan told us he likes Tigers,Angels,Yanks are possible fits for him he likes all three situations. Sirius 209 XM 89.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Tigers interested in free agent reliever Brian Wilson, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me. They would like Wilson or Joe Nathan.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Sources: Mutual interest has developed already between Tigers and free agent closer Joe Nathan. Nathan has Detroit high on his wish list.

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    Evan Grant @Evan_P_Grant

    #Rangers extend qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz, decline on all other free agents (including Joe Nathan)

  • Joe Nathan wants multiyear deal

    ESPN Dallas "Closer Joe Nathan is waiting and wondering what the Texas Rangers are going to do about his option for 2014. But he knows what he'd like to do: Negotiate a multiyear deal. The Rangers have three days to either exercise Nathan's $9 million option for next season or cut him a check for $750,000..." October 31

  • Rangers closer Joe Nathan seeking 2-year deal

    SB Nation "Nathan is coming off one of the best seasons of his career though the Rangers hold a $9 million option on him. Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan is looking for a two-year deal if he becomes a free agent this offseason reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Drew Davison. The Rangers do have a $9..." October 20

  • Joe Nathan expected to decline 2014 option, become free agent

    Hardball Talk "By reaching 55 games finished this season Joe Nathan got the ability to decline his 2014 option and T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers expect the veteran closer to do exactly that. Nathan would be turning down $9.5 million for 2014 but he’s looking for a multi-year deal and even..." October 18

  • Nathan seeking multiyear deal with Rangers "Reliever Joe Nathan would like to stay with the Rangers on a multiyear contract beyond 2014. That's why he has a clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent after this season. Nathan triggered that clause when he pitched the ninth inning in the Rangers' 8-2 victory over the..." September 21

  • Darvish, Nathan combine for one-hitter in Rangers’ 2-1 victory over Astros

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish saw Marwin Gonzalez spoil his perfect game bid after retiring the first 26 batters on April 2. He didn’t get that close to perfection again against the Astros on Monday afternoon but was five outs away from throwing the Rangers’ sixth no-hitter in club history. This time though it..." August 12

  • Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers have 'talked' about trade involving All-Star closer Joe Nathan

    Michigan Live "As part of his to-do list Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has talked to nearly every club these past few weeks to get a better handle on who's available with the trade deadline looming. The Texas Rangers were among the teams he spoke with. And according to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi..." July 29

  • Rangers could consider trading Joe Nathan

    Dallas Morning News "As the Rangers try to get creative to find a bat and upgrade the team they’ve had some internal brainstorming sessions that include trading the most efficient closer in MLB history: Joe Nathan. According to a report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal the Rangers have discussed the idea as a way to..." July 28

  • Joe Nathan, Rangers escape Oakland with 6-5 win

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The music was booming late Tuesday night in the visitor’s clubhouse at Coliseum. Even Charles Ramsey knows that’s a dead giveaway that the Texas Rangers had won a game. But all had been quiet after the previous five times the Rangers had played at the home ballpark of their division..." May 15

  • Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan still building arm strength, but starting to find success with slider again

    Dallas Morning News "Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan gave up back-to-back triples Monday, but the bigger development was the progress of his slider. After the two triples, which accounted for San Francisco’s second run in a 2-1 victory, he found the Giants committing to and chasing his slider. That led to three..." March 12

  • 2012 Community Projections Results: Joe Nathan

    Lone Star Ball "Eyebrows were raised when the Rangers signed Joe Nathan last November. At 37 years old, and coming off a two year stretch where the entire 2010 season was lost to Tommy John surgery and the 2011 season had Nathan voluntarily relinquish the closer role for the Twins as he struggled in his outings,..." October 24

  • Nathan's blown save sinks Rangers in first game of doubleheader

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers still haven't clinched a postseason berth. They were on the cusp Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 lead over the Angels in the ninth inning and Joe Nathan coming in. But Nathan gave up a two-out, two-run double to Torii Hunter and the Angels held on for a 5-4 victory. It was..." September 30

  • Scoreless ninth earns Joe Nathan a save and $300,000

    Dallas Morning News "Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for a $300,000 save. Nathan realized the final incentive bonus in his contract: $300,000 for his 60th game finished. He has earned an additional $1 million based on games finished. Nathan has had five consecutive scoreless appearances since a blown save against..." September 28

  • Joe Nathan lost a bet to Mike Adams and had to dress up like Tony Romo

    Hardball Talk "Rangers bullpen-mates Joe Nathan (who grew up in New York) and Mike Adams (who grew up in Texas) made a bet on Wednesday night's Giants-Cowboys game. Nathan took the Giants, Adams took the Cowboys, and the loser had to dress up like Tony Romo and wear a full football uniform for all of batting..." September 12

  • Rangers closer (and Giants fan) Joe Nathan loses bet, dons Cowboys uni

    Dallas Morning News "Tony Romo won't run onto a football field again until he takes on the Seahawks in Seattle this weekend, but someone who looked curiously like the Cowboys' quarterback spent Tuesday afternoon milling around Rangers Ballpark. Rangers closer Joe Nathan, a noted New York Giants fan, donned a full..." September 12

  • Joe Nathan gets no save, but $300,000 consolation prize

    Dallas Morning News "RHP Joe Nathan did not get a save for protecting a four-run lead in the ninth inning Monday, but did earn $300,000 for it. It was his 50th game finished this year, the second of his incentive thresholds. Nathan earned $100,000 at 45 games and will earn another $300,000 each at 55 and 60 games..." September 04

  • Joe Nathan hoping to add 'few more' baseballs to collection

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Joe Nathan made sure he kept the baseball from his save Friday night, and it wasn't because of the history he had made. Nathan got the final two outs against Cleveland for his 28th save of the season, and has converted 26 consecutive save chances -- the most in Texas Rangers history. Nathan..." September 02

  • Major move gives Nathan new life

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Before Thursday's game, Rangers closer Joe Nathan spent a long time talking with Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson behind the batting cage at Rangers Ballpark. On Friday, Nathan stood out in the outfield with Justin Morneau and other Twins players for several minutes, catching up with his former..." August 26

  • Rangers closer Joe Nathan sets franchise consecutive save record

    Dallas Morning News "Closer Joe Nathan's perfect ninth inning on Saturday set a club record for consecutive save chances converted, passing the mark of 21 set by Francisco Cordero in 2004. It is not, however, the longest save streak of Nathan's career. He converted 27 saves in a row in 2004 in his first year as a..." August 20

  • Joe Nathan received cortisone injection for shoulder

    Dallas Morning News "Rangers closer Joe Nathan confirmed that he received a cortisone injection last week to alleviate some shoulder inflammation that arose last week, but said the injection worked well. Nathan struggled or the final three weeks of July, then pitched on back-to-back days against Los Angeles..." August 07

  • Joe Nathan: Nothing wrong with arm or elbow, just feeling a little fatigued

    Dallas Morning News "While he is expected to be bypassed for a second straight night should a save opportunity present itself, suddenly-struggling RHP Joe Nathan said Saturday there is no issue with his surgically-repaired right elbow. Nathan, 37, said that his recent rocky stretch is due to a lack of life on his..." August 05

  • Joe Nathan Has Been Really Good

    Lone Star Ball "When the Texas Rangers signed Joe Nathan last November there was a fair amount of head scratching and hand wringing over bringing in a 37 year old pitcher only a year removed from Tommy John surgery and coming off a shaky 2011 season. From an outsider's perspective, the move seemed more related to..." June 11

  • Joe Nathan back in Twin Cities: 'I missed this place'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Old home week continued as another dearly departed Twins star returned to Target Field to wax nostalgic and scheme for a return trip to the postseason in a different uniform. Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan held court Friday, April 13, in front of the same corner locker in the visitors'..." April 14

  • Nathan adjusting to new team

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Nathan entered Target Field and eventually made his way to the home clubhouse, a walk he has made many times. This one felt strange, even awkward. Any uneasiness quickly disappeared, however, as he reconnected with a dozen former teammates and coaches inside the Twins clubhouse on Friday...." April 14

  • Nathan rocked for three-run ninth as Rangers fall

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The sample size is small and manager Ron Washington is loyal, so don't expect Joe Nathan to suddenly lose his job as the Texas Rangers' closer. But the early results aren't favorable for Nathan, especially when he works on consecutive days. He was the losing pitcher in the Rangers' first..." April 12

  • Joe Nathan: Feliz is reason I'm with the Rangers

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "When the Texas Rangers signed closer Joe Nathan this off-season, general manager Jon Daniels viewed it as a two-player acquistion. With Nathan as the closer, Neftali Feliz would move into the starting rotation. The moves paid off Tuesday night. Feliz threw seven scoreless innings in his..." April 11

  • Smalls steps for Joe Nathan are big leaps for Rangers' bullpen

    Dallas Morning News "Joe Nathan took small steps the last couple of times on the mound. They were luge leaps for his return to being one of the game's pre-eminent closers. After making a slight tweak to his delivery, Nathan had back-to-back impressive one-inning outings Monday and Tuesday. He had more sink to..." March 29