Teams in need of a closer soon may have a stunning new possibility to consider.
The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander Joe Nathan, according to major league sources.
If the Rangers proceed, it would be with the idea of dealing from strength and exploiting a thin market for relievers, sources said.
Nathan, 38, instantly would become the most attractive closer available -- ahead of the Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon, who might not even be moved.
The Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are among the teams seeking to upgrade their late-inning relief. Nathan is 32 for 34 in save opportunities with a 1.73 ERA this season, and also earned the save for the American League in the All-Star Game.
The Rangers, frustrated by their attempts to land offensive help, could expand their trade possibilities by dangling Nathan. The team's situation is growing more urgent -- Texas has lost 11 of its last 14 games, and ranks ninth ...