Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski spent the last few weeks listing closer as his top priority and avoiding talk about other needs until the club filled the role. Now that the Tigers have their closer in Joe Nathan, Dombrowski did not sound inclined for another big-ticket signing.
Joaquin Benoit was a mainstay in the eighth inning for the Tigers for 2 1/2 years before stepping into the closer role with stellar results last summer. Now that the Tigers have signed Joe Nathan as their closer, don't expect Benoit to return as a setup man.
As Dave Dombrowski talked about the benefit of payroll flexibility while introducing new closer Joe Nathan on Wednesday at Comerica Park, he alluded that the flexibility will go in part for their internal concerns.
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen.
Hours after the Tigers freed up more money on their payroll and promised they weren't done dealing, they went about spending some of it on a closer. The reigning American League Central champions reached agreement on a two-year deal to bring closer Joe Nathan back into the division.
No team gave up as many runs in the seventh inning or later last postseason, and so one offseason goal was clear for the Tigers: improve the bullpen. So the Tigers started at the back end of the bullpen and are finalizing the details for a two-year contract with Joe Nathan. They had the money […]
Hours after the Tigers freed up more money on their payroll and promised they weren't done dealing, they went about spending some of it on a closer. The reigning American League Central champions have reportedly reached agreement on a two-year deal to bring closer Joe Nathan back into the division.