Joe Nathan's agent Dave Pepe says his client is excited about free agency and seeks a closer job in 2012, tweets SI's Jon Heyman. Nathan is apparently not interested in an eighth inning gig after dominating as the Twins' closer from 2004-09.
Yesterday the Twins made the obvious call of declining Nathan's $12.5MM club option, but they have interest in re-signing the righty. The Twins can offer him a chance to close, but the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Marlins, Mets, Phillies, and Cubs could be in the market as well.
Nathan, 36, had Tommy John surgery in March of 2010, returning this year to mixed results. He had some issues with the longball at times, but his peripherals were solid. For fantasy baseball analysis on Nathan, check out Dan Mennella's latest at CloserNews.