Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/25/11
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins declined to pick upcloser Joe Nathan's club option for 2012, the team announced Tuesday.Nathan had a club option for next season worth 12.5million. Instead of picking up his option, the Twins will pay Nathan a 2million buyout. That doesn't necessarily mean Nathan won't be with Minnesotanext year, however, as the Twins have said they'd like to have him back albeit for less money."I spoke with Joe and his agent this morning, and expressedour interest in re-signing Joe," Twins general manager Bill Smith said ina statement."We will remain in contact with them as we move forwardinto the free agent process."Nathan, too, has shown interest in remaining in Minnesota.He joined the Twins in 2005 in a trade from San Francisco, and becameMinnesota's all-time saves leader this season, surpassing Rick Aguilera. Nathanhas 261 career saves, with 260 of them coming in a Twins uniform.The 36-year-old Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery lastspring and missed the entire ...
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