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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Joe Nathan (36) and catcher Joe Mauer (7) celebrate after finishing out the 10th inning for a 5-4 win against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, August 21, 2009, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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'Duk's Dozen is a heaping morning serving of baseball items, links and takes — designed to keep you warm all offseason long. 1. Well, it didn't take long for a team to gamble that Joe Nathan will return to a better version of his 2004-2009 self. The Texas Rangers are placing a pretty sizable wager with the signing, too: Two years for $14.5 million with an additional $9 million club option for 2014 if he returns to the form that saw him average 41 wins a season during his six-year run as Minnesota's closer. That seems like a lot of money to commit to a 37-year-old pitcher who hasn't closed since having Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2010. But it's well within what this crazy market is dictating and it allows the Rangers to move Neftali Feliz into rotation, where he has the ability to provide a lot of cheap but stellar innings — a huge value if the Rangers don't want to pay C.J. Wilson. There is a fair amount of risk involved in this deal, but Texas is positioned as well as anyon...
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