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In this file photo, Twins pitcher Joe Nathan, left, shares a laugh with catcher Joe Mauer during the first day of spring training for pitchers and catchers Feb. 18 in Fort Myers, Fla. (Associated Press)

Twins decline '12 option on Nathan


By Dave Campbell

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- After declining a hefty option on Joe Nathan's contract, the Minnesota Twins are in the market for a closer.

Maybe Joe Nathan.

The Twins decided Tuesday to buy out the last year of Nathan's deal for $2 million instead of paying him $12.5 million, but general manager Bill Smith said he called Nathan and his agent to inform them of the move and told them the team wants to re-sign the right-hander.

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