Skip to comments.Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers agree to $14.5-million deal
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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Too much money for damaged goods
37? Nuts. And closers’ transitions to starters are often rocky, or unsuccessful.
Too bad, but now he has a legitimate shot at a title.
I want to see a rule in baseball that any player named Walker has to play for the Texas Rangers.