Joe Nathan becomes free agent after Tigers decline option
The Detroit Tigers have declined their one-year contract option on Joe Nathan, the team announced Tuesday. Nathan would have been paid $10 million next season if the team picked up the option and will be owed a $1 million buyout.
Nathan, who turns 41 later this month, had Tommy John surgery in April. He said at the time that the surgery, which typically requires a year of recovery time, would not end his career.
Nathan signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Tigers before the 2014 season and struggled in his one full season with the team. He had a 4.81 ERA and converted 35 of 42 save opportunities in 2014.
- Dan Gartland