Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/26/11
Joe Nathan RP - The Twins announced that they’ve declined the club option for $12.5MM on reliever Joe Nathan and will pay him a $2MM buyout instead. Nathan, who has been a rock solid closer the Twins, returned from 2010 Tommy John surgery this season and posted a 4.84 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 48 appearances. Obviously, Nathan would seem like the perfect fit for us as he’s unlikely to get more than a one-year deal, and injury concerns will make him reasonably priced for teams who will be digging through the bargain bins. He still prefers to close. Yu Darvish SP - Two sources familiar with Japanese baseball think the posting fee for Darvish will be nowhere near the $51 million the Sox put up for Daisuke Matsuzaka. “I think we may never see something that high again,’’ said one source. “But one could expect a posting fee in the high $20 millions.’’ It appears that the Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Nationals, and Mariners will be among the active bidders. Sorry Mets fans – Only Lookie, ...
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