Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/29/14

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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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 ...
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