Tigers Sign Closer Joe Nathan To A 2-Year Contract

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iStockphoto(DETROIT) — The Detroit Tigers and free-agent closer Joe Nathan agreed to a two-year contract on Wednesday, with a club option for the 2016 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to be adding a premier closer to our ballclub,” said Tigers General Manager David Dombrowski. “Joe solidifies the back end of our bullpen and fills what we identified as a big need on our pitching staff.”

The 39-year-old Nathan spent the 2013 season with the Texas Rangers, where he compiled a record of 6-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 43 saves. He struck out 73 batters in 64 2/3 innings of work.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated infielder Dixon Machado for assignment.

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