Joe Nathan RP DET 6 Days

Joe Nathan said his arm felt "a lot livelier" while recording a save during a perfect inning Thursday.

Nathan admitted last week that he was going through a "dead arm" phase, but it sounds like it could be behind him. "Today was more how I felt, being able to finish," Nathan said Thursday. "My velocity is what it's going to be, but moreso I was locating where I wanted to. But it did feel like it was a lot livelier. There's different 91s, different 92s, but today, at least finishing pitches, it felt like it was jumping out of my hand better."

Joe Nathan RP DET 15 Days

Joe Nathan imploded Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.

Entering a 6-3 game, Nathan coughed up a leadoff homer to Adrian Gonzalez and then walked Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp consecutively. Juan Uribe moved both up with a single that loaded the bases with no outs. Nathan struck out pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig, and then induced a Scott Van Slyke fielder's choice ground out to third that plated Ethier. Dee Gordon's single tied the affair and Nathan mercilessly watched as Carl Crawford's bloop fly ended up in Rajai Davis' glove. The 39-year-old told the media he had "dead arm" before Wednesday's game, commenting: "It's not even newsworthy." Perhaps he's unaware that the alternate explanation for his struggles is far worse -- the end always comes unexpectedly. It's too early to say, obviously, but Nathan owns a 12.27 ERA and 2.73 WHIP over his first four outings. Because of baseball's antiquated way of awarding wins, fantasy owners can at least take solace in his 2-0 record, including the victory tonight.

Joe Nathan RP DET 22 Days

Joe Nathan suffered his first blown save as a Tiger Wednesday, allowing a run on a hit and two walks.

Nathan looked a little off from the get-go in this appearance. Trying to protect a 1-0 lead, he gave up a one-out single and then issued back-to-back walks before an Alex Gordon sac fly tied the game. Nathan then committed a balk but was able to escape further damage before the Tigers eventually won in the 10th. He showed last season that he can get by with diminished velocity, but Nathan will have to have better command than he did in this one.

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Joe Nathan gave up four runs in one-third of an inning Sunday to take a loss in relief.

Nathan's velocity hasn't been the greatest this spring, but that's typical for him; he usually dials it up a bit once the season gets started. Despite that, he had allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings prior to today. We're unconcerned.

Joe Nathan RP DET 5 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joe Nathan's two-year contract with the Tigers is worth around $20 million.

Nathan declined his $9.5 million option with the Rangers after the season in hopes of finding a multi-year deal in free agency. Not only did he find it with Detroit, but he's also getting more money per year. It's well deserved after he posted a 2.09 ERA over the past two seasons.

Joe Nathan RP DET 5 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers will give a two-year deal to Joe Nathan.

Exact terms aren't yet available. It's not often that you see a two-year deal for a 39-year-old closer, but Nathan has been in near-vintage form after making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll remain one of the top fantasy closers on a talented team in Detroit.

Joe Nathan RP DET 5 Months

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers are close to signing closer Joe Nathan.

No word on the terms involved. The Tigers have been a logical fit all along, but the Doug Fister deal cleared the appropriate salary to get a deal done. Nathan has posted a 2.09 ERA over the past two seasons while going 80-for-86 in save chances, so he should be an upgrade in the closer role for Detroit.

Joe Nathan RP DET 5 Months

Joe Nathan said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Monday that he sees the Tigers, Angels, and Yankees as possible fits.

All three teams are logical designations, but nothing appears to be imminent. Nathan turned down his part of a mutual option with the Rangers following the season and hopes to land a multi-year contract on the open market.

Joe Nathan RP DET 5 Months

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees have "had contact" with Joe Nathan.

The club has refused to anoint David Robertson as their new ninth inning man following the retirement of Mariano Rivera, as they want to see what's available via free agency first. They've also been in contact with Grant Balfour's reps. Nathan is also drawing heavy interest from the Tigers.

Joe Nathan RP DET 5 Months

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that "mutual interest has developed already" between the Tigers and Joe Nathan.

After Nathan declined his 2014 option earlier this month, the speculation that he could sign with the Tigers was immediate. It makes a ton of sense for both sides, as the Tigers are World Series contenders but are looking for some stability at the back-end of the bullpen. Nathan is coming off a season where he put up a 1.39 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning.