Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
As part of his to-do list Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has talked to nearly every club these past few weeks to get a better handle on who's available with the trade deadline looming. The Texas Rangers were among the teams he spoke with. And according to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi closer Joe Nathan was discussed. Morosi reported late Sunday that the two clubs have discussed a trade involving Nathan but said the Rangers are asking a lot for the 38-year-old. And as a result there is "no momentum toward a deal." So what's the asking price for Nathan who has suddenly become expendable with the return of reliever Joakim Soria? The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant suggested the team could target the Tigers' current setup man Drew Smyly in exchange for the six-time All-Star. But given the depth of the Rangers' bullpen a Nathan-for-Smyly swap doesn't make much sense for the Rangers aside from it obviously offering financial relief. Soria who missed all of 2012 was activated from the disabled list in early July and could take over the closer role for Texas if Nathan were dealt. Texas pitcher Neftali Feliz is expected to return from Tommy John surgery next month too. The bullpen appears set.
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