After experimenting with Jose Valverde for a second time this past season, the Detroit Tigers know they need to find themselves an established closer. The fact the team even went back to the volatile Valverde showed their desperation, though Joaquín Benoit did seemingly give the Tigers a solid backstop come the second half of the season.
Despite that, the Tigers and general manager Dave Dombrowski said the franchise plans to hit the market for a closer with hefty experience, which lead to ESPN’s Buster Olney suggesting that Joe Nathan could be a perfect fit:
Just a guess based on talk with teams/agents, but Joe Nathan would seem to be an absolutely perfect fit for DET, between team need, $, etc.
Of course, it’s nothing more than speculation on Olney’s part, though, the former Texas Ranger does seem like a solid fit.
His age and desire to cash in on a multi-year deal though may scare the Tigers away as the last thing they want to do is get themselves stuck in a hefty deal where they were only able to squeeze one solid year out of Nathan who is near 40.