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Yesterday the Texas Rangers signed closer Joe Nathan to a two year $14.5M with a club option for a third year at $9M. Nathan, who turns
37 today, was once one of baseball’s best closers from 2004 to 2009 he
compiled 246 saves, made it to the All-Star game four times, and
finish top five in the Cy Young Award voting twice. Then he had Tommy
John surgery in 2010, which forced him to miss all of the 2010 season.
He came back in 2011 and was clearly not the same pitcher he was two years early. Last season in 44.2 innings pitched he had a 4.84 ERA and collected just 14 saves.
Now he gets a fresh start in Texas, where he and the Rangers hope that last season was just an adjustment period. Jonathan Papelbon set the market for closers early this off-season with a four year $50M deal
with the Philadelphia Phillies. Now, a pitcher like Nathan is given
$7M a year after a very poor season in 2011. So what’s this mean for
the Mets, who are looking to spend money on one of the many closers
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In more ways than one, Jon Daniels got what he wanted on Monday. The Rangers GM was able to sign a proven closer in Joe Nathan and move a gifted young arm into the starting rotation.
Now, Nathan becomes the Rangers' closer and 2010 Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz can join Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and either Alexei Ogando or Scott Feldman as the five starters...
The Texas Rangers have offered salary arbitration to free agent left-hander C.J. Wilson.
The move frees up the Rangers to pick up two compensatory picks should Wilson, a Type A free agent, sign with another team.
Wilson has until next Wednesday at 11 p.m. to accept or decline the team's offer.
Texas did not offer arbitration to Darren Oliver, Michael Gonzalez, Brandon Webb...
Matt Eddy of Baseball America has reported that the Mets have gone ahead and signed minor league free agent outfielder Adam Loewen to a minor league contract.The former pitcher and Orioles first round pick, ran into some major control problems and bouts with wildness and is now reinventing himself as an outfielder, much like Rick Ankiel before him. His major league line as a...
Jon Heyman of SI.com says the Mets, Blue Jays, Orioles, Marlins, Red Sox and Reds are all interested in reliever Huston Street, although Street’s feud with new bench coach Bob Geren is a deterrent for the Mets.
While with Oakland in September 2008, Street had to be separated from then-manager Bob Geren after getting pulled from a game in Detroit.
“For me personally, he was my...
The Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz will face a jury should there be a trial in the case filed against them by the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s fraud, a judge ruled.
As life goes on without Regis Philbin, comedian Jerry Seinfeld decided to join "Live with Kelly" for this week as a guest host.
For those who don't know Jerry is a New York Mets fan and recently decided to name his dog, "Jose Reyes".
Below is his appearance on the show...the dog...not Jose Reyes:
(Courtesy of Larry Brown Sports)
Nice shot, by Metsing Around.
Jerry Seinfeld is a Mets fan, for some masochistic reason. Being a Mets fan means always having to say they're sorry. But one silver lining is the very real chance of re-signing Jose Reyes, so that they can pay him $15 million when he's 36 years old, which is the soonest possible time the team will be good again. More »
Well scratch Joe Nathan off my wish list for Mets closer. Nathan has signed a two year $14.5 mil deal with the Texas Rangers who will now move Netfli Perez back to the starting rotation. I would have loved to have Nathan coming out to save games for the Mets, I really wanted Sandy Alderson to get both Nathan and Jonathan Broxton for the back end of the pen but that won’t happen...
Move ensures Mets would receive compensation if Reyes signs elsewhere
The Texas Rangers have offered salary arbitration to C.J. Wilson, guaranteeing them two extra draft picks next year if the free agent left-hander signs with another team. Wilson was ranked a Type A free agent after going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA last season. He has until Dec. 7 to accept the offer. The Rangers added free agent closer Joe Nathan this week and said they planned to move...
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