Found October 26, 2011 on My Sports Rumors:
PLAYERS: Joe Nathan
TEAMS: Minnesota Twins

No surprise here, longtime Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Nathan wants to be a closer again. Nathan was demoted to middle relief and setup duties last year after his return from Tommy John surgery. Things didn’t go to well which led to the Twins declining his $12.5 million option. A strong second half though has his hopes high as he enters free agency.

@SI_JonHeyman: joe nathans agent david pepe says nathan is excited about free agency and seeks closer (not setup) job. 1.00 2nd half whip

For the season, Nathan went 2-1 with 14 saves and three blown saves. His ERA was an uncharacteristically high 4.84 and he gave up seven homeruns. Those seven homers were the highest in his Twins tenure but in his lowest amount of innings pitched. Heyman pointed out something that gives him reason to believe he could close again and that’s a 1.00 second half whip.

After the All-Star break, Nathan went 1-0 with 11 saves and a 3.91 ERA over 24 appearances. He pitched the same amount of games in the first half but all his numbers went down, hits allowed, runs allowed and walks, while strikeouts rose. Basically he learned how to become a pitcher and not a guy with a strong fastball.

The market for closers is pretty strong this year and his competition is a lot younger and throws a lot harder. With that being the case I think plenty of teams will show interest in him but I’m not sure if he’ll be able to land a closing job. Especially, if he has a high asking price.

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Joe Nathan wants a closer job in 2012

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