Joe Nathan
RP SF
3 days ago

Nathan threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session Monday and came away feeling great, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports. "Pretty easy day, just made sure my stuff was kind of in the zone when I wanted to," Nathan said. "For the most part, I threw strikes; didn't throw too many breaking balls. But mixed in sinkers, change."

EDGE Analysis

The 42-year-old is trying to resume his career after Tommy John surgery in April of 2015, and his lengthy resume makes him an intriguing wild card in a bullpen that currently lacks an established closer. The Nats have a history of adding veteran arms off the scrap heap every spring, so if Nathan can show he has something left, his chances of breaking camp on the 25-man roster might be better than you'd think. Whether that translates into saves and fantasy value, though, is another question entirely.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
1 week ago

Nathan will be in the mix for the Nationals' closer job this spring, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He's thrown just 6.2 innings in the majors over the last two seasons, but Nathan has one thing going for him that none of the Nats' other closing options do, and that's experience. The 42-year-old has 377 career saves, eighth most in MLB history, and if he shows that he has anything left in the tank during spring training, he could give manager Dusty Baker the veteran security blanket at the back of the bullpen that he prefers. Nathan's still a long shot to even win a spot on the 25-man roster, much less a high-leverage role, but in deep NL-only fantasy leagues he could be an interesting stash on your reserve list.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
3 weeks ago

Nathan signed a minor league contract with an invite to spring training Thursday, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 42-year-old appeared in 10 games with the Cubs and Giants last season, throwing 6.1 scoreless innings. He hasn't spent a full season in the majors since 2014, when he held a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings, converting 35 of 42 save opportunities.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
3 months ago

Nathan is interested in returning to the majors for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 42-year-old sat out all of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery, recovering in 2016 to throw a combined 6.1 scoreless innings with the Cubs and Giants. His last full season came in 2014 with the Tigers, where he posted a 4.81 ERA across 58 innings while converting 35 of his 42 save opportunities. With his age and injury history, it is difficult what to make of Nathan's desire to return. If he is miraculously able to repeat his 2013 numbers (1.39 ERA, 10.2 K/9, 3.1 W/9 and 43 saves), Nathan will find himself a home quickly. However, it is more likely we will see numbers closer to his 2014 totals (4.81 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 4.5 W/9 and 35 saves), which will make it difficult for the righty to find much value in fantasy. At this point, he's more of a "wait and see" option.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
5 months ago

Nathan threw a scoreless inning in Friday's extra-inning win over Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Despite announcing a closer by committee prior to the game, manager Bruce Bochy turned to Santiago Casilla when the first save opportunity presented itself. After that plan backfired, Bochy went to Nathan to close the door on the home team in the bottom of the 11th inning. The 41-year-old did just that, keeping the Giants in the game so they could eventually win it in the 12th. Cory Gearrin wound up getting the save, but the argument can be made that Nathan's inning was just as important. San Francisco's closing situation is very murky right now, but those who are starving for saves could take a look at Nathan because it appears he has already earned Bochy's trust late in games.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
6 months ago

Nathan blew his first save appearance with the Giants, surrendering two hits and allowing both inherited runners to score in a 6-5 loss to Colorado.

EDGE Analysis

Nathan was brought in to clean up the mess Giants closer Santiago Casilla created but was unable to get the job done. While he technically blew the save, this loss was not on him. As a result of the implosion in the ninth, manager Bruce Bochy could be looking for a new closer and Nathan could be in the mix based on his past experience in that role, CSN Bay Area reports.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
6 months ago

The Giants recalled Nathan from Double-A Richmond on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Nathan had no trouble retiring batters while with Richmond, giving up just three hits and no runs over six innings, so the Giants decided to add him to the big-league roster for the stretch run. Nathan, who was drafted by the Giants in 1995, figures to work in middle relief.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
6 months ago

Nathan will sign a minor-league contract with the Giants, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nathan is set to hook up with one of his former squads after being designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier in August. He appeared in just two games with the Cubs but did not give up a run, and has a chance to be added to a big-league roster again before the season comes to an end.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
7 months ago

Nathan was designated for assignment Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cubs needed to clear a roster spot after activating Jorge Soler (hamstring) earlier Friday, and their recent additions to the bullpen made Nathan an expendable piece. Nathan had made just three relief appearances since Jul. 24 and none of those appearances were in August. He'll now be subject to waivers and could return to the Cubs organization if he goes unclaimed.

Joe Nathan
RP SF
7 months ago

Nathan struck out the side in the sixth inning of his Cubs debut Sunday, earning the victory in the process.

EDGE Analysis

Nathan came into the game trailing 4-1, but the Cubs scored five runs in the seventh inning to give him the win. He walked one and gave up one hit.