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