The Jose Valverde experiment didn’t quite pan out. Joaquin Benoit held down the fort until the playoffs, where he struggled some. Throw in the fact that the latter is a free agent due for a large payday (probably not from the Tigers), and you have the recipe for "the team needs a closer" cake.
Disregarding the failed attempt at humor, and the cake, the Tigers need a closer. Joe Nathan is that guy. The Minnesota Twins' former closer has shown that he can close games away from the friendly confines of Target Field, with a combined 80 saves in the last two years for the Texas Rangers.
What’s more astonishing is that the former San Francisco Giant (that’s a decade-old reference, folks!) posted an obnoxious ERA of 1.39 in 2013.
1.39! In 64.2 innings pitched, no less.
For all the non-stat-calculators out there, that’s only 10 earned runs allowed total (says the writer while not looking at his numbers on the other monitor).
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Nathan and the Tigers apparently already have mutual interest.
The potential of having Torii Hunter and Nathan in Tigers uniforms next year must be eating the Minnesota Twins fanbase alive.