Reliever Joe Nathan would like to stay with the Rangers on a multiyear contract beyond 2014. That's why he has a clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent after this season.
Nathan triggered that clause when he pitched the ninth inning in the Rangers' 8-2 victory over the Rays on Thursday. It was the 55th game he finished this season. Under the terms of his contract the Rangers have a $9.5 million option on Nathan for 2014. But he now has the right to void that option and become a free agent because he has 55 games finished.
He'd rather stay with the Rangers on a multiyear deal. His options would be a multiyear deal with the Rangers void the option and try to get a multiyear deal elsewhere or play in 2014 on the one-year $9.5 million option.
"The only reason to have that incentive in play is to have a little bit of power in getting a multiyear deal" Nathan said. "Other than that I'm just glad to get to that point and have it over...