The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with Joe Nathan, a six-time All-Star reliever recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The deal, announced Tuesday, is for the major league minimum $507,500 this year and gives the Cubs a $1.5 million option for next season. He has $100,000 in games bonuses for this year, $800,000 in games finished bonuses and $1.5 million in roster bonuses. In 2017, the bonus opportunities are $100,000 for games, $1.5 million for games finished and $2.5 million based on roster time.
Chicago put the 15-year veteran on the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from surgery in April 2015.
The 41-year-old Nathan has 377 career saves, eighth most in major league history. He last pitched on April 6, 2015, in his only appearance that season for the Tigers.