Giants sign veteran right-handed reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league contract
According to multiple reports, Joe Nathan signed a minor league contract with the Giants. Nathan was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Aug. 5 after making three appearances in July.
Henry Schulman reported the deal is pending Nathan passing a physical.
The Giants plan on evaluating Nathan in the minors before calling him up to the big leagues. Schulman said the Giants would like to add him to the pen before rosters expand on Sept. 1. The Giants make their annual trip to Wrigley Field for a four-game series on Sept. 1 (Sept. 1-4).
Nathan returns to the organization that selected him in the sixth round of the 1995 draft. Nathan was traded to the Twins, along with Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser, in November of 2003 for A.J. Pierzynski.
Joe Nathan was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in three games, two-plus innings, for the Cubs. Nathan allowed two hits and walked a pair while striking out four. Nathan won his Cubs’ debut on July 24 at Miller Park.