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Bless You Boys Oct 17, 2014

Who was the Tigers' biggest surprise?

The Tigers needed plenty of surprises to finish a game ahead of the Royals and win the division Earlier this week we considered who disappointed us most this season. You have spoken, and Joe Nathan wins the prize. On a more positive note let's determine who pleasantly surprised us. J. D. Martinez had below-replacement-level performance the past two seasons. He was released by the Astros in spring training, and started the season with the Toledo Mud Hens. After ten home runs in Triple-A, he was promoted. In Detroit he provided a .315 / .358 / .553 slash line, an equivalent production rate to...
Bless You Boys Oct 16, 2014

Tigers Report Card: Joe Nathan was not at all what the Tigers expected

Joe Nathan was signed in December of 2013 to be the lockdown closer that the organization thought they lacked in last season's playoffs. Instead, Nathan only added fuel to the bonfire just beyond the left field fences at Comerica Park. When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan last offseason, they thought they were getting one of the premier closers of the 21st century who would lockdown the back end of the bullpen for 2014. While there is no denying the history that Joe Nathan has, there is also no denying that his performance in 2014 was putrid. I'm not going to sit here and point fingers...
KFFL Oct 16, 2014

Tigers | Joe Nathan has closer job for 2015

Detroit Tigers CL Joe Nathan will have the closer job going into spring training, but ...
Rotoworld Oct 15, 2014

Nathan to remain Tigers' closer next season? - Joe Nathan (R) Detroit Tigers

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday that Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer in 2015.
Grand Rapids Press Oct 15, 2014
Dave Dombrowski focused on addressing Tigers' bullpen, says Joe Nathan will remain closer

Dave Dombrowski focused on addressing Tigers' bullpen, says Joe Nathan will remain closer

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Tuesday that he expects beleaguered reliever Joe Nathan to open the season as the teams closer in 2015. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers plan to address their heavily scrutinized bullpen this winter. They do not intend, however, to replace their oft-criticized veteran closer. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Tuesday that he expects beleaguered reliever Joe Nathan to open the season as the team's closer in 2015. "I would think he starts as our closer going into it," Dombrowski said during his...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Ask Schmehl: On bullpen moves this winter and whether Detroit Tigers will target Andrew Miller

Ask Schmehl: On bullpen moves this winter and whether Detroit Tigers will target Andrew Miller

The Tigers havent yet decided whether to exercise a $7 million option on Joakim Soria, but given their bullpen woes and the uncertainty surrounding Joe Nathan, theyd be foolish not to pick it up. DETROIT -- Seven million dollars is quite a lot of money to pay a reliever that isn't expected to close games. Then again, Joakim Soria is worth every penny. Joe Nathan is expected to open the 2015 season as the Detroit Tigers' closer and -- in all likelihood -- he'll be given a long leash should he falter from time to time. There's a chance Nathan will turn things...

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