Cubs sign veteran closer Joe Nathan to major league contract
CHICAGO – As their incredible start to the season continues, the Cubs continue to look ahead to what might be coming later in the summer and in the fall.
Perhaps that explains their most recent pitching acquisition.
On Monday the Cubs announced that they’ve signed relief pitcher and closer Joe Nathan to a major league contract for the 2016 season. But the 41-year old won’t be heading to the active roster anytime soon thanks to Tommy John surgery he had back in April of 2015.
Hence Nathan was immediately placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Cubs so he won’t be on the mound for the team anytime soon.
Known for his strong abilities as a closer, Nathan is a 15-year veteran and has spent times with the Giants, Twins, Rangers and Tigers. He has 377 career saves, 260 of those coming with the Twins whom he played for from 2004-2011.
Nathan is a six-time All-Star who has had ten seasons with 35 or more saves. He had that amount in 2014 with the Tigers before being forced out for most of the 2015 season after Tommy John surgery.