Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/25/11

The Minnesota Twins likely will decline righthander Joe Nathan's 2012 option for $12.5 million sometime in the next week, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Tuesday.

Nathan averaged 41 saves from 2004-09 before missing the entire 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery. He returned last season and was 2-1 with 14 saves, eight holds and three blown saves in 48 appearances.

Nathan's 4.84 ERA was more than double his 1.87 mark from 2004-09.

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