Originally written on NBC Dallas- Fort Worth  |  Last updated 11/23/11

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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Yes, Joe Nathan is 37 years old. Yes, pushing Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation is far from guaranteed success. Yes, $14.5 million is a lot to give a 37-year-old closer who's had arm trouble. But one thing can be universally recognized about the Texas Rangers' free agent signing of the veteran closer: Joe Nathan loves facing the AL West. Thanks to our Rangers information czar Jamey Newberg for the information, as he pointed out Wednesday that Nathan has been rather dominant against the Rangers' division opponents: the A's, the Angels and the Mariners. In fact, against those three teams in his career, he's pitched 83 innings giving up just 10 earned runs and 46 hits for a salty opponents batting average of .160. If you break it down to the current guys in the projected Angels lineup, the team that will presumably give the Rangers the biggest push in 2012 has hit a collective .079 against Nathan. So yes, there's all the aforementioned red flags, but remember, most of the time whe...
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