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Joe Nathan says Mets are “on radar” this offseason

Oct 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

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Veteran reliever Joe Nathan posted a disappointing 4.84 ERA in 44 2/3 innings this season. And while his numbers were greatly improved in the second half, the Twins made the no-brainer decision earlier this month to decline his $12.5M option for 2012.

Nathan will become a free agent on Thursday, allowed to sign with any team he chooses.

From the sound of it, he’s already expecting to hear from one particular organization.

According to Greg Logan of Newsday, the 36-year-old right-hander told a group of people at Stony Brook University this weekend that he would enjoy finishing out his career with the Mets, a team he grew up rooting for as a child of Pine Bush, New York.

“We’re definitely not counting any teams out,” said Nathan, a Stony Brook alum. “But obviously, the Mets are going to be on my radar. It’s a team I followed growing up around this area. That would be exciting. The dollars are kind of on the back burner. It’s all about winning right now. Where I’m at in my career, I just want to be on a club that has a chance to go to the postseason and have a chance to pitch in big games.”

The Mets, in their current state, probably fall short of meeting that “chance to go the postseason” criterion. But it sure sounds like Nathan would offer his “hometown team” a small discount if they’re interested.

  1. ogre2010 - Oct 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    There you Mets!! Get a broken down closer that may break down again

  2. nikesparq - Oct 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    sigh Joe Nathan. Not sure if serious.

  3. schke - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    “and have a chance to pitch in big games”

    Yeah. We Twins fans know how well you are at doing that Joe.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Did he really say it’s all about winning and that is why the Mets are on his radar? Maybe Nathan needs his head checked.

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