According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, former Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan will sign a deal with the Chicago Cubs. It sounds like the Cubs hope to have him available to them following the All-Star break.
Gordon, minor league deal, correct?
— ChicagoCubsOnline (@TheCCO) May 17, 2016
Nathan, who is 41-years-old, last pitched in the MLB in 2015 when he made one appearance for the Tigers. In that game, Nathan recorded one out and picked up the save. On April 8th of 2015, he was placed on the 15-day DL due to a strained right elbow. Then, in a rehab stint with the Toledo Mud Hens, Nathan once again injured his elbow and was shut down. After undergoing an MRI it was decided that he would have season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, the Tigers declined a $10 million option to keep Nathan on the roster for the 2016 season.