Rangers Sign Joe Nathan
The Texas Rangers have signed Closer/RHP Joe Nathan, to a 2 year $14.5 million contract that includes a buyout. Nathan will be introduced tomorrow at a news conference and is expected to take over the closer spot in the bullpen. This move seems to indicate that RHP Neftali Feliz will be moving into the starting rotataion.
Nathan has been with Minnesota Twins for the past 7 seasons. He had Tommy John surgery, missed the entire 2010 season and was limited during the 2011 season to pitching 44 innings with a 4.84 ERA. However, in the previous 6 seasons he never had less than 35 saves, and saved a career high 47 games in 2009. His career stats with both San Francisco and Minnesota: appeared in 581 games, 792 2/3 IP, 534 Hits, 276 BB, 761 K – 2.87 ERA
Nathan was drafted by the Giants in 1995, he was traded to the Twins in 2003 along with Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser for A.J. Pierzynski (and cash)
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