Texas Rangers Sign Reliever Joe Nathan
The Texas Rangers have signed former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Nathan, who turns 37 on Tuesday, has spent the last seven seasons in Minnesota, racking up 260 total saves with a 2.16 ERA. His best season came in 2009, when he saved a career-high 47 games with a 2.10 ERA. He appeared in just 48 games last year because of injuries, pitching 44 innings with a 4.84 ERA.
Sullivan suggests that the signing means Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz will move from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Feliz has saved a total of 72 games in the last two seasons and has a career 2.55 ERA. Update: Nathan's deal is a two-year deal worth $15 million, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers are "committed" to starting Feliz.