New York Mets Closer: Could Joe Nathan Be the Mets Closer Next Season?

Billy SmithCorrespondent IIIOctober 30, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 7: Joe Nathan #36 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning on September 7, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Coming into this offseason, the Mets have two things they need to get done. One is signing Jose Reyes. The other is finding a closer. And since the Reyes side of things may be on hold for now, why not look to fill other needs?

In an interview on Saturday, Joe Nathan, whose option to return to the Twins was declined, expressed some interest in joining the Mets. "The Mets are a team on our radar for sure, but until we talk with them, we can't be sure how well we fit." Nathan said.

Being a Mets fan growing up probably has an impact on Nathan wanting to join the Mets. The former All-Star has slowed down over the last few seasons as he tries to get back into form. The Mets seem like a perfect fit because they're closer situation was not great last year, especially after the trade of Fransisco Rodriguez to the Brewers.

After missing all of the 2010 season, Nathan had a bad start to the 2011 season. He went onto the disabled list about midway through. But in the second half of the season, he showed glimpses of his original form. Overall, he went 2-1 with 14 saves and 4.84 ERA.

Nathan seems to be in the Mets plans mostly because he wouldn't cost much. He could be a cheap way to improve the bullpen, and maybe he can even regain his All-Star form that he had in Minnesota.