Detroit Tigers Close Deal On Closer Joe Nathan

Detroit Tigers rumorsThe Detroit Tigers reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the top free-agent closer on the market,  Joe Nathan,  according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Nathan had been seeking a multiyear deal worth at least $10 million per season and turned down a $9 million option with the Texas Rangers to become a free agent.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nathan  instantly becomes the Tigers closer a position that team was unable to stabilize during the 2013 season, Joaquin Benoit did provide some relief later in the season

Nathan has been an elite closer since his breakout season with the Minnesota Twins in 2004 and recorded 43 saves in 2013 was fourth best in the AL, posting a 1.39 ERA in 64 2/3 innings  in 2013 with the Rangers in 2013.

The Tigers have been one of MLB’s  most active teams this off-season having traded first baseman Prince Fielder and starter Doug Fister.

With Nathan off the market expect a run on free-agent relievers in the coming days.  Grant BalfourFernando Rodney,Joaquin BenoitEdward MujicaJose VerasKevin GreggChris Perez all have closing experience.

Brian Wilson is reportedly close to rejoining the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Next up for the Tigers would likely be addressing the needs and left field or at third base depending on what decision is made about moving Miguel Cabrera back to first base and where top prospect Nick Castellanos fits in to the teams plan