The Giants to sign Joe Nathan to a minor league deal

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Joe Nathan‘s odyssey through the end of his career continues: Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are signing him to a minor league contract.

Nathan, who missed almost all of least season after yet another Tommy John surgery, pitched three whole games for the Cubs before being designated for assignment last week. It was just as much a roster situation as it was a pitching situation, as he didn’t allow a run while striking out four in two innings. He walked two too and allowed two hits, however, and, really, with Aroldis Chapman around, the late innings were far better covered than when Nathan signed with Chicago in May. He didn’t have a role.

Nathan, who was drafted by the Giants 21 years ago and who pitched for them in the majors between 1999 and 2003, has 377 saves with a 2.8 ERA and a 971/342 K/BB ratio over 919 innings in his 16-year career. Given that Nathan turns 42 this offseason, one has to think this is his last stop.