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Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers agree to $14.5-million deal
pioneer press ^ | 11-22-11 | Stephen Hawkins

Posted on 11/22/2011 5:28:51 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB

ARLINGTON, Texas - Longtime Twins closer Joe Nathan and the Texas Rangers agreed Monday night to a two-year contract with a club option for 2014, a move that means Rangers closer Neftali Feliz will shift to the starting rotation.

"We look at this as almost like two acquisitions," general manager Jon Daniels said.

The two-time defending American League champions had discussed moving Feliz into the rotation last spring, but the timing wasn't right then.

Daniels said being able to sign Nathan made that move easier now. It also would help offset the loss of free-agent starter C.J. Wilson if the left-hander signs elsewhere.

Texas planned to introduce Nathan during a news conference at Rangers Ballpark today, the right-hander's 37th birthday.

Nathan missed the 2010 season following Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and struggled to find his form with Minnesota this year. The four-time all-star went 2-1 with a 4.84 ERA and 14 saves in 48 appearances, losing his job as closer early in the season before reclaiming it later.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: nathan; rangers; twins
I'll miss Nathan, but we couldn't afford him.
1 posted on 11/22/2011 5:28:54 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Too much money for damaged goods


2 posted on 11/22/2011 5:47:28 AM PST by frogjerk (America: Innocent until accused or considered being accused by an anonymous party)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

37? Nuts. And closers’ transitions to starters are often rocky, or unsuccessful.


3 posted on 11/22/2011 5:50:00 AM PST by montag813
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Nathan missed the 2010 season following Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and struggled to find his form with Minnesota this year.
Yet, he was still able to get a $14.5 million deal ... at 37 y/o no less.
And you wonder why a ticket to a baseball game is $120.
Maybe the OWS scum could protest at Cooperstown.
4 posted on 11/22/2011 6:05:13 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Too bad, but now he has a legitimate shot at a title.


5 posted on 11/22/2011 10:52:21 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I want to see a rule in baseball that any player named Walker has to play for the Texas Rangers.


6 posted on 11/23/2011 12:21:55 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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