Joe Nathan declines to waive no-trade rights, will stay with Twins
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With Thursday at midnight marking the deadline for teams to acquire players and have them be eligible for postseason rosters, Minnesota Twins right-hander Joe Nathan will stay put.
During the Twins' last homestand, Nathan told 1500 ESPN that he would waive his no-trade rights if the right situation presented itself.
But according to the Star Tribune, when the team approached Nathan Tuesday night about waiving his no-trade clause -- a procedure that needs to take place 24 hours prior to any deal -- the Twins' all-time career saves leader declined.
Per the report, no trade was imminent, but the Twins wanted Nathan's consent in case anything popped up.
But because Nathan is still owed approximately $2 million the rest of this season and also a $2 million buyout -- should a team not choose to exercise his $12.5 million option for next season -- it's unlikely any potential trade partner would offer up much in return.
"It seemed for the smart decision for us to say we're not going to waive [the 10-and-5 rights]," Nathan told the Star Tribune. "It's nice to be here and have a chance to possibly be with this club again next year. We'll see what that brings."
Since returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list in June, Nathan owned a 2.53 ERA with 17 strikeouts and only three walks in 21 1/3 innings heading into Wednesday, when he gave up two runs to the White Sox in the ninth inning before eventually locking down his 12th save of the season.