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Detroit Tigers: Eyebrow-Raising Player Transactions #30-21

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Sep 1, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Nathan (36) celebrates a 12-1 over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

27. Joe Nathan. Chin Flicks for Everyone.

Joe Nathan was only with the Tigers for two seasons – well, really only one season and an at-bat. After killing the Tigers when he pitched for the Twins and the Rangers, fans were excited to learn he was coming to Detroit in 2014. He continued to kill the Tigers in late innings, giving up home runs, hits, and walks instead of saving and closing games. Along with blowing saves, he blew the relationship he could have had with the fans. At the beginning of the 2015 season, he injured his elbow, requiring a season-ending second Tommy John surgery. At the end of the 2015 season, the Tigers gave him $1 million not to play for them anymore after he was already paid $20 million for the two years he was with the team. Tigers fans exhaled a sigh of relief when he left Comerica Park for the last time.

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