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.

Joe Nathan RP DET 6 Months

ESPN's Buster Olney wrote that free agent closer Joe Nathan would "be an absolutely perfect fit" for the Tigers.

Nathan, of course, pitched for several years in the AL Central as a member of the Twins. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said over the weekend that his team will pursue an experienced closer this winter. Joaquin Benoit is an option, but most expect the incumbent to be replaced from outside the organization. Nathan is the best option on the free agent market. It's going to take multiple years to acquire his signature.

Joe Nathan RP DET 6 Months

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated Friday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Joe Nathan.

Nathan became a free agent when he declined his portion of the $9.5 million mutual option for 2014. He'd like to return to the Rangers on a two-year deal, but the team would rather spend their money elsewhere and is confident in the other options they have at closer. "We feel like the bullpen in general is an area of strength for us and an area of depth," Daniels said. "I would expect our closer, ultimately, to be, barring something unforeseen at this point, somebody already in the organization." Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando are options to close for Texas in 2014.

Joe Nathan RP DET 6 Months

RHP Joe Nathan declined his $9.5 million mutual option for 2014.

Nathan wants to re-sign with the Rangers but wants to do so on a multi-year deal. The Rangers are open to bringing him back, but they also believe they have some worthy replacements in case something can't be worked out. Nathan will turn 39 later this month, but he should be able to get a two-year deal after posting a 1.39 ERA and striking out over a batter per inning this season.

Joe Nathan RP DET 6 Months

The Rangers expect Joe Nathan to decline his $9.5 million option for 2014.

Nathan triggered the option when he appeared in his 55th game of the season last month. He remains interested in staying with the Rangers but wants to do so on a multi-year deal. Meanwhile, the Rangers are preparing possible backup plans in Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers. The club hasn't given up hope on Feliz as a starter, but his 2014 role remains up in the air.

Joe Nathan RP DET 7 Months

Joe Nathan has indicated his desire to remain with the Rangers, but would like to secure a multi-year deal.

Nathan appeared in his 55th game of the season on Thursday, triggering an option in his contract where he can void the Rangers $9.5 million option for 2014 and become a free agent if he desires. Nathan noted that the incentive is in place solely to gain bargaining power in securing a multi-year deal, and maintains that he'd rather stay with the Rangers that move elsewhere.

Joe Nathan RP DET 9 Months

Joe Nathan notched his 33rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Monday.

The veteran closer walked a batter and struck out another. The Rangers interestingly shopped Nathan prior to the trading deadline, but ended up holding onto the 38-year-old. That was probably for the best, as Nathan boasts a 1.58 ERA and 0.90 WHIP through 48 appearances.

Joe Nathan RP DET 9 Months

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Tigers have been involved in trade talks for Joe Nathan.

The Rangers have had internal discussions about possibly trading Nathan, but there hasn't been any momentum towards a deal and the Tigers are unlikely to meet their asking price. Nathan, 38, currently ranks third in the AL with 32 saves and has 1.73 ERA in 44 appearances. If traded, he would likely be replaced by Joakim Soria.