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Bless You Boys Nov 3, 2015

Tigers decline 2016 option on closer Joe Nathan

The move ends a rough two-year term in Detroit for the five-time All-Star closer. The Detroit Tigers have declined closer Joe Nathan's option for the 2016 season, making him a free agent and ending a rocky two-year term with the former All-Star relief pitcher. The club option would have given Nathan a salary of $10 million for the 2016 season, but the team will pay him a $1 million buyout instead. Declining Nathan's option was a foregone conclusion after he spent the entire 2015 season on the disabled list, facing just one batter on Opening Day. Ironically, that one hitter was former Tiger...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 3, 2015
Detroit Tigers decline option for 2016 season on closer Joe Nathan, who is now a free agent

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

The Tigers owe Nathan $1 million as a buyout of the team option they held for the 2016 season. 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 team option that would have paid Nathan $10 million for the 2016 season but now owe him a $1 million buyout payment under the terms of the contract he signed as a free agent prior to...

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