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What's Wrong with Joe Nathan? Everything

Nathan has been struggling mightily this year

If you're looking for good news, you won't find it here. There is bad news and there is news that isn't quite so bad. The Tigers, after a seemingly unending search for a "Proven Closer," signed former Tiger-killer and lights out relief ace Joe Nathan to handle the ninth inning duties for 2014 and 2015. It isn't going well – are there any signs of life?

(Ed. Note: This piece was written prior to Nathan striking out the side against Kansas City on Thursday. No data or information from that performance is included in the below.) You don't need the particulars, but here they are. Joe Nathan has a 6.57 ERA, 5.19 FIP, and -0.3 fWAR which are all the worst marks of his career since becoming a reliever more than a decade ago. He became a full-time, go... Recommended Stories

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