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Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:34 pm
 
NathanBy Evan Brunell

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The Twins have declined closer Joe Nathan's $12.5 million option, the team announced.

Nathan will receive $2 million as part of his buyout. The righty made a solid return to the majors after missing all of 2011 thanks to Tommy John surgery. The 36-year-old had a 4.84 ERA in 44 2/3 innings, although he pitched more impressively than the ERA may indicate. He punched out 43 and walked 14, and there will be no shortage of teams that are interested in Nathan's services, either as a setup man or closer.

The Twins will be one of those teams, as GM Bill Smith said the club is interested in resigning Nathan. Given closer Matt Capps is also a free agent, there will be a spot for Nathan should he re-up with the team, which he has previously expressed an interest in doing so. After saving 14 of 17 games, he now has 261 saves for his career, with all but one coming with the Twins franchise.

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goodbeek
Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:37 pm
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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

I think the Jays should try to get Nathan on a "buy low" by closer standards acquisition. Give him a 1 year deal for 5-6 million and let him be the answer for a year, and re-establish his value. Both sides could win in a scenario like that. I think it's far more plausible for him to re-sign in Minnesota, and for Capps to walk though.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

If you don't know who Ryan Madson is you don't follow baseball. Go back to playing video games.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

Rafael Soriano gets almost 12 million per from the Yankees, which is crazy.  On the other end of the spectrum, the Diamondbacks pay J.J. Putz 5 million per, which seems to be a good comparison, although Nathan's 2011 season was better than what Putz did in his contract year.  Nathan won't get 11 million again, but we're living in a day and age when guys like Jeremy Affeldt and Damaso Marte get 4 million plus annual deas, so I bet someone coughs up 6 to 7 million for Nathan.  Nice work if you can get it, clearly.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

Who is Madson?



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

If Madson walks the Phillies will offer him $7-$9 million.



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

He'll definetly get more than $4 million probably closer to $10 Million.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Twins decline Joe Nathan's option

Nathan is worth $4,000,000 at best at this point in his career.


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