Joe Nathan (about to be) off the board

December, 3, 2013
12/03/13
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Joe Nathan is likely heading to Detroit, which means David Robertson is a step closer to being Mariano Rivera's replacement.

The Yankees have been talking with Nathan's agent.

They still have interest in Grant Balfour and could be in play for the non-tendered John Axford or Andrew Bailey. Here is the rest of the breakdown of the closer situation that I put together last week. Balfour would appear to be the biggest challenge to Robertson.

Balfour had a very good season in Oakland as the closer, but is he better than Robertson? To me, if Balfour comes in as the closer, Robertson taking his job will be a possibility throughout the season.

Balfour, 35, had 38 saves and blew just three in 2013, but he only earned 34 saves in his entire career before that. Balfour made $4.5 million. I don't really see him as a fit unless he and Robertson are battling for the closer role.


Here is the latest ESPN story on Nathan.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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