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Joe Nathan | Relief Pitcher | #74

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (42) / 11/22/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: SUNY-Stony Brook
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 6 (0) / SF
Contract: view contract details
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Joe Nathan will announce his retirement in a press conference Friday at Target Field.
He'll retire as a Twin, which is a fitting way to end his career after he spent eight years with the organization from 2004-2011. In his prime, Nathan was one of the best closers in baseball, earning six All-Star selections while notching 377 career saves, which ranks eighth on MLB's all-time list. The 42-year-old last played in the major leagues with the Giants in 2016. Aug 29 - 2:33 PM

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Nationals released RHP Joe Nathan.

Nathan had allowed 13 runs -- 11 earned -- in 16 innings of relief this season for the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse. The 42-year-old right-hander requested his release Tuesday and it was granted, and he's already back home with his family in Tennessee according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Nathan will have to settle for another non-guaranteed minor league deal if he wants to continue his playing career. This could very well be the end.
May 31 - 1:41 PM

Nationals re-signed RHP Joe Nathan to a minor league contract.

Given the struggles from the back end of their bullpen, bringing back the veteran closer isn't the worst idea in the world. He registered a 3.86 ERA while punching out nine batters in 11 2/3 innings during Grapefruit League play. The 42-year-old hurler will report to Triple-A Syracuse.
Apr 9 - 6:00 PM

Nationals released RHP Joe Nathan.

Nathan asked to opt out of his minor league contract with the Nationals on Monday morning after being informed that he would not be on the Opening Day roster. He posted a 3.86 ERA with nine strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings this spring. The 42-year-old should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly.
Mar 27 - 9:11 AM

Joe Nathan gave up both runs allowed by the Nationals in Thursday's tie versus the Marlins.

Nathan allowed three hits, walked one and struck out none in his inning of work. His odds of making the Nationals got quite a bit longer with the Joe Blanton signing, and things are looking pretty bleak now with him having allowed three runs in five innings.
Mar 9 - 4:12 PM

After pitching a scoreless inning in his spring debut, Joe Nathan allowed a run in an inning of work Tuesday against the Astros.

Nathan gave up two hits, walked a batter and struck out none. Nathan's chances of making the Nationals took a significant hit before the game with the news that the team was signing Joe Blanton. He might be willing to go to Triple-A for a spell, though.
Feb 28 - 5:24 PM

Nationals signed RHP Joe Nathan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal include incentives which could push the deal north of $3 million if he's in the majors. Nathan, who turned 42 in November, made his way back from another Tommy John surgery last season and tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings over 10 appearances between the Cubs and Giants. He's a low-risk flier for Washington's bullpen. The Nationals don't have a locked in closer for 2017, though Nathan would seem to be a long shot for that role.
Jan 31 - 2:30 PM

David Pepe, the agent for Joe Nathan, said that his client wants to pitch in 2017.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported likewise over the weekend, with confirmation now coming from Nathan's representative. The 42-year-old reliever saw 10 games with the Cubs and Giants last season, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless frames in that space. While Pepe referred to Nathan as the "Energizer Bunny," fantasy players would best be advised to steer clear given his age and injury history.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Joe Nathan is still looking to continue his career in 2017 and has received interest from several clubs.

Everyone is always on the lookout for bullpen help, so it's likely that the 42-year-old hurler will at least get a shot someplace. Nathan appeared in 10 games for the Cubs and Giants in 201, hurling 6 1/3 scoreless innings and posting a 9/4 K/BB ratio.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 09:23:00 PM

Giants purchased the contract of RHP Joe Nathan from Double-A Richmond.

Nathan's career has now come full-circle, as the right-hander broke in with the Giants way back in 1999. The 41-year-old will provide depth out of the bullpen for the stretch run but isn't a candidate to work his way into a high-leverage role.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 11:04:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Giants are signing reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league contract.

Nathan is going back to where it all started, as he was originally drafted by the Giants back in 1995 and played his first four major league seasons with the club prior to being traded to the Twins. The 41-year-old was designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier this month after making three scoreless appearances in his return from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. The Giants are willing to see what's left in the tank.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Cubs designated RHP Joe Nathan for assignment.

The 41-year-old right-hander made a nice comeback from Tommy John surgery, hurling two scoreless innings in three outings with the Cubs. Their bullpen is just too loaded that there isn't room for Nathan at this time. It'll be interesting to see if he's willing to accept a minor league assignment or will look to latch on elsewhere for the stretch run.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 08:45:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP Joe Nathan from the 60-day disabled list.

Nathan has finished rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery and will see if he has anything left in the tank for the Cubbies. The 41-year-old held a 4.81 ERA in 2014 in his last full season, although he did strike out nearly a batter per frame. Nathan allowed four runs and struck out nine over 9 1/3 innings while on a rehab assignment.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 11:26:00 AM

Joe Nathan will join the Cubs' bullpen Sunday.

Nathan walked three batters while recording only one out in his last appearance at Triple-A Iowa, but he had been very good before that outing and the Cubs feel the 41-year-old right-hander can offer an instant upgrade in middle relief. Nathan just finished rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since April 6, 2015.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 05:39:00 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) walked three batters while recording only one out Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa.

There has been talk of Nathan joining the Cubs' bullpen this weekend, but it might not happen after such a poor showing Wednesday. Those three walks turned into two runs. Nathan, 41, now has a 3.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 9/5 K/BB ratio through 9 1/3 total rehab innings.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 10:13:00 AM

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PosRoleName
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2Chris Gimenez
3Mitch Garver
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
2Niko Goodrum
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Zack Granite
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Robbie Grossman
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Hector Santiago
4Adalberto Mejia
5Bartolo Colon
6Kyle Gibson
7Aaron Slegers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Matt Belisle
2Taylor Rogers
3Tyler Duffey
4Glen Perkins
5Trevor Hildenberger
6Ryan Pressly
7Ryan O'Rourke
8Dillon Gee
9Alan Busenitz
10Nik Turley
11John Curtiss
12Trevor May
13Phil Hughes
14Buddy Boshers