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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 rememb...
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The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement with free agent closer Joe Nathan on a two-year contract.
Nathan's signing will allow the Rangers to move hard-throwing righty Neftali Feliz into the starting rotation. Terms of the deal were not yet known.
Nathan, a former All-Star, missed the entire 2010 campaign after having Tommy John surgery. He finished with 14 saves last season...
Joe Nathan, the Twins' all-time saves leader, has agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million deal with the AL champion Texas Rangers.
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers and closer Joe Nathan seem to be the perfect fit for each other.
Texas was looking for a high-character pitcher who would allow it to shift Neftali Feliz from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Nathan, who turned 37 on Tuesday, was looking for a team he believed he could win a World Series with.
He thinks he found that with the Rangers.
The Rangers have taken steps to solidify their pitching staff by agreeing to terms with Joe Nathan and informing Neftali Feliz he'll be used as a starter in 2012.
Neftali Feliz is moving to the rotation after Joe Nathan signs 2-year deal.
The Rangers have signed former All-Star closer Joe Nathan to a two-year contract with a club option and have moved Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with RHP Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for a third year. The move means closer Neftali Feliz will move into the rotation, something the club has already informed him about.