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Nationals re-sign Joe Nathan to a minor league deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have re-signed veteran reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league deal.

Nathan, 42,¬†opted out of his minor league contract with the Nationals near the end of spring training when he learned he would not make the club’s Opening Day roster. Now signed to a new deal, Nathan will try to prove himself in the minors and serve as bullpen depth with the potential to join the major league club at some point.

Nathan logged only 6 2/3 innings over the past two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. However, he did not allow a run to score over those 10 appearances with the Tigers, Cubs, and Giants.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.