Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Tigers couldn't have done better than Joe Nathan as closer

Joe Nathan doesn't have a proven track record in the postseason. It's the one thing missing on his resume. To me, surprisingly because I usually feel the opposite about such things, it is an item that makes him appealing as the Tigers' closer.
Like his former teammate with the Minnesota Twins, Torii Hunter, he will be very motivated in 2014.
Nathan, who reached an agreement with the Tigers on a two-year free agent contact Tuesday, is the consummate pro, easily the best option to become Detroit's closer among the available candidates.
Nathan had a WHIP of .897 last season. That's outstanding. He struck out more than a hitter per inning and consistently hit 95 mph with his fastball. He has excellent command of the ball and a knack with off-speed pitches  He has pitched in pressure situations for years thrived, on top teams with Minnesota and Texas, thrived during the regular season.
Brian Wilson was a maybe because of Tommy John surgery in the recent past. Grant Balfour was, perhaps, a one-year wonder and he has an excitable demeanor and makeup which can come unglued.
Nathan is the real deal with what appears like is still plenty left in the tank.


Anonymous woody said...

so, a year later, Tigers get Nathan for $10 million per season. it's a better deal than Nats got last offseason with Soriano, who gets $11 million in 2014 and $14 million option in '15. also cost a draft pick.

could Soriano have made a difference in Tigers' post season? that's debatable, but what is clear is that Boras was right, it was folly to count as heavily on Rondon as Tiger brass did.

11:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? At his age, within the next two years, that 95 MPH fastball could drop like a rock and then it's bye, bye, over the fence.

6:28 PM 

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