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November 6, 2013

Rumor Roundup

Another Winter, Another Tigers Closer Search

by Daniel Rathman


Tigers Looking for an Experienced Closer
Dave Dombrowski’s seemingly eternal search for a ninth-inning force continues this offseason, as Joaquin Benoit ponders his future in free agency. The 36-year-old Benoit performed well during the final season of his three-year, $16.5 million contract, recording 24 saves in 26 regular-season chances while amassing a 2.01 ERA and 2.90 FIP. Benoit is “in the mix,” but Dombrowski has a host of choices in this winter’s free-agent crop.

Is Joe Nathan the No. 1 Option?
Former Rangers closer Joe Nathan might be at the top of the veteran general manager’s list of targets, even though he turns 39 on November 22. Nathan is coming off of a terrific second season in Arlington, during which he compiled a 1.39 ERA and 2.29 FIP despite pitching in the perilous confines of Rangers Ballpark.

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