The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016 on Wednesday. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Nathan, 39, had 43 saves in 46 chances for Texas last season. The right-hander posted a 1.39 ERA, then declined a $9 million option that would have kept him with the Rangers.
"Why would I come here?" Nathan asked rhetorically. "The question is, why wouldn't I? This team is ready to win."
Nathan is baseball's active leader with 341 saves. He's also pitched for the Giants and Minnesota.
Also, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Miguel Cabrera will move from third base to first -- a move that seemed likely after Prince Fielder was traded to the Rangers. Boston signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year, $8.25 million deal. "It's not every day you get a chance to play for the defending World Series champions," the two-time All-Star said. Pierzynski has played for four teams, including the Giants. He hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season with Texas. The Chicago White Sox and Paul Konerko, 37, agreed to a one-year contract. He'll receive $1.5 million in 2014 and $1 million in 2021 under the deal. He will also be paid $1 million annually from 2014-20 under the contract he signed with Chicago in 2010. Free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau reportedly agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal with Colorado. Joe Garagiola, 87, is the winner of the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says it's completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs scheduled a news conference Thursday to announce his findings. Meggs says investigators have learned as much as they can about the December 2012 incident. "We have exhausted all investigative tools," he said. The top-ranked Seminoles play Duke for the ACC title Saturday. Washington named quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo as interim coach for the Huskies' bowl game after Steve Sarkisian left for USC. Grambling State named McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as its next coach. He'll take over for Dirt Winston, who was Grambling's second interim coach of 2013. Fobbs, 39, was a Grambling running back under the late Eddie Robinson. Grambling went 1-11 in 2013. The season will be most remembered for a walkout by players. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will undergo knee surgery and miss the rest of the season.
Lindsey Vonn returned to a World Cup course for downhill training and said her surgically repaired right knee felt "stable." Vonn said she'll decide after Thursday's training run whether to race this weekend. A crash at the world championships in February tore two ligaments in her knee. She partially re-tore one of those reconstructed ligaments in a fall last month. Oscar De La Hoya, an Olympic gold medalist and world champion in six weight divisions, was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe will be among those to join De La Hoya on June 8 at the induction ceremony in Canastota, N.Y.