Joe Nathan's agent David Pepe said his client will seek an opportunity to close as a free agent this winter.
The Twins declined Nathan's $12.5 million option this week, though they hope to re-sign him at a lesser salary. The veteran right-hander returned from Tommy John surgery this season and posted a 4.84 ERA, 14 saves and a 43/14 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings. He should draw interest around the league, but his velocity isn't what it was before surgery and the market will be crowded with veteran closer-types.
Aaron Hill is now represented by Legacy Sports Group.
Hill was previously represented by Beverly Hills Sports Council. The Diamondbacks are expected to decline his $8 million option for 2012, but have expressed interest in bringing him back at a lesser salary. The 29-year-old played well in a small sample after being acquired from the Blue Jays in August, batting .315/.386/.492 over 33 games while playing solid defense at second base.
Hill intrigues me, but mostly because I dislike Darwin Barney as a legitimate 2B option for the Cubs. Hill provides some sort of bounce-back, buy-low candidate but like most of you, I would imagine, I'm not sold on the possibility of a bounce back for him. Not much of a chance to prove himself in the NL though, but he did perform well. He did however have a good hitters park, though.