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Joe Nathan has signed with the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports.Nathan spent seven seasons as the closer for the Minnesota Twins. The 36-year-old right-hander became a free agent following the 2011 season, and is now on his way to Texas.The signing, a two-year deal, was first reported by MLB.coms T.R. Sullivan and confirmed by FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal also reported that the signing of Nathan means Texas could move former closer Neftali Feliz into the starting rotation.Late last month, the Twins declined to pick up Nathans club option for 12.5 million for the 2012 season and instead paid him a 2 million buyout. Sports Illustrateds Jon Heyman reported that Nathan will earn about 7 per season during his two-year deal, with a buyout on a third-year option.Nathan missed the entire 2010 season after having Tommy John surgery in the spring. He returned to the Twins in 2011 and struggled initially upon his return. But Nathan had a strong finish to the season. He went on the disabled list in late May, but posted a 3.38 ERA with 28 strikeouts and just five walks in his final 24 games of the season.Before the Twins season was over, Nathan expressed confidence in his health as he entered free agency."That's what my ultimate goal was coming into the season was just to get back to
form and at least show this organization and other clubs, if I'm not back here
that I am back to form," Nathan said in late September. "I'm as close now as I can be
back to form without getting some rest. At this moment right now, I just feel good
about where my pitches are, how consistent I've been, especially since coming back
toward the second half of June."
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MINNEAPOLIS Now that Joe Nathan has officially signed with the Texas Rangers, the search for a new closer is under way for the Minnesota Twins.
"We're going to look at the market and look at the possibility of trades any avenue, actually," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday. "But there's plenty of people out there in that market this year. It...
The Texas Rangers have agreed to a deal with right handed pitcher Joe Nathan according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. The deal is for two-years with a club option for a third year.
Sullivan says that this movement could mean that Neftali Feliz will be moving to the starting rotation.
The 36-year old Nathan was 2-1 with a 4.84 ERA and 14 saves in 44.2 innings with the Twins in 2011...
With Jonathan Papelbon signing with the Phillies, the next big name closer signing is that of Joe Nathan who signed a 2 year, $14 million deal with the Rangers. With the loss of Nathan, the Minnesota Twins lose their all-time career saves leader.
Nathan's durability is in question.
The deal sends Neftali Feliz, who saved 72 games over the past two seasons, into the Rangers’...
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.
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The Rangers have signed Joe Nathan, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. It's a two-year deal with an option for 2014, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter links). The move means Neftali Feliz is headed to Texas' rotation.
Nathan, an unranked free agent, won't cost the Rangers a draft pick and his former team, the Twins, won't obtain...
The Texas Rangers, according to multiple local (North Texas) reports, has signed veteran closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, $7 million deal with an option for a third year. Per friend of Batter's Box Jamey Newberg, "As long as Nathan is healthy, Neftali Feliz is your newest Texas Rangers starting pitcher."Nathan had been rumored to both the Tigers and Twins, but...
As the World Series wrapped up, and talk turned to Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson potentially leaving as a free agent, whispers of closer Neftali Feliz filling that void began to get louder. News of Joe Nathan signing a two-year contract worth $14.5 million all but assures the speculated move of Feliz to the rotation happening in 2012. What can be expected of both players...
The Rangers may be operating a revolving door. Joe Nathan coming in, but is C.J. Wilson going out?
Breaking news out of Dallas, as TR Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting that the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers have signed former Twins closer Joe Nathan. Terms have not been disclosed as of yet, but Ken Rosenthal is reporting that it's a two year deal with a club option. Jon Heyman is reporting that Nathan will be getting around $7 million a year, which...