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Rangers open to trading closer Joe Nathan

Jul 28, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal shares this big scoop:

Teams in need of a closer soon may have a stunning new possibility to consider.

The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander Joe Nathan, according to major league sources.

If the Rangers proceed, it would be with the idea of dealing from strength and exploiting a thin market for relievers, sources said.

It’s a risky and bold but intelligent move. The market for late-inning relievers is especially soft this summer and Nathan could easily fetch a highly-thought-of prospect or a major league-ready bat.

The 38-year-old has registered a 1.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 44/11 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings this season for the second-place Rangers and he is 32-for-34 in save opportunities. Nathan carries a $9 million club option for 2014 but can void it if he finishes 55 games in 2013. He has already finished 39 as of July 27.

Texas would presumably roll with Joakim Soria at closer down the stretch and into the postseason.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Be interesting to see that he could yield. And which team bites.

    A friend offered, purely for speculation, the idea of “what would someone offer for Mariano?” What would a contender offer right now for him? That is not happening, of course. But Joe Nathan is probably as close to that as we will see. Like I say, interesting.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Since Nathan is 38 and can probably void his contract at the end of the season, I am not sure if he is worth a high end prospect despite his great 2013 season.

    As far as the Rangers making the post season this season, that possibility seems to be fading so trading Nathan makes some sense.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      The thumb troll needs to get a life. Don’t you agree Harry?

      • biasedhomer - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Oh didn’t realize you’re a conspiracy theorist.
        And even though they have been struggling lately, they still are only 1.5 back of the wildcard.
        If you think they are going to be sellers, especially after they made the trade for Garza, you are only fooling yourself.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        I did not realize that you were a biased homer.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      1.5 out of the wildcard spot so the Rangers should give up for the season. There’s a reason why you are getting down-voted, since you are the one trolling.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        The Rangers are in a free fall and have apparently decided become a seller. Most of the thumbs down are coming from one person and both Dirty Harry and I know who it is.

  3. 13arod - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Rangers if u trade him ur stuiped he is too good for the rangers o trade him just keep him

    • miketreedy - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      The Rangers would only trade him for someone to help on offense. They have big needs for offensive help both for this year and next. They don’t need a good closer if they can’t score enough runs. Plus they have three potential closers on the roster once Feliz is back. Next year they have two open corner OF positions open. They will will also need a DH. If they can get a good OF who is signed beyond this year they should make the move.

  4. henryd3rd - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Hey Dave Dombrowski are you listening?

    • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      I would think either the Tigers or RS could benefit from Nathan greatly.

      Considering the Rangers are in the thick of it for the WC, . I don’t see why they’d trade him.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        The Rangers have lost 8 out of their last 10 games. I doubt that they will catch either Baltimore or Boston.

      • bigharold - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        There is two months of basketball left. If they’re only a 1.5 after going through 2-8 stretch then they’re still in it. If I were a Ranger fan I’d be pretty PO’d if they started selling.

  5. scottychicago - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I’d rather have him and Sofia both in the pen heading into the playoffs. you cant have enough good relievers.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Sophia still looks great, but she is a bit too old to play baseball.

  6. scottychicago - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    soria sorry ^^^

  7. 13arod - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    scottychicago that is why i was saying that they cant trade him u have to have a good bullpen to win a championship that is why the cardinals won the world series

  8. wretchu - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    “Intelligent” move? Not likely. You can never, ever, ever, ever, EVER have enough bullpen depth. Okay, so you’ve got two people who can close, great. Trade one away, and your depth is gone. What do you do if your closer gets hurt then? For every Sergio Romo, there’s a Mitchell Boggs. For every setup man who is able to step into the closer role, there’s a reliever who will fall apart there.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      They have two pitchers on the team currently who’ve closed (nathan and soria) and a third coming back from injury (feliz). They wouldn’t be moving someone into the closer role that’s never done it before.

      • biasedhomer - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Feliz, Soria, and Nathan all have had notable injuries.
        Trading away one of them for prospects to jeopardize their postseason chances is not worth it. And they are most likely going to get prospects if the trade Nathan, because contenders rarelt give up major league roster players. Those teams are trying to add to the MLB team, without subtracting.

  9. Glenn - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    They aren’t going to trade Nathan unless they are given an offer they can’t refuse. They’re just floating the idea out there in case someone wants to be stupid. Rangers fans – you wouldn’t trade Nathan for Trout? That isn’t happening, but you get the idea.

  10. jadaruler - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    What’s the point of having bullpen depth if you can’t score? They know once Cruz is suspended, its a wrap.

    • Reflex - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      This right here.

  11. billymc75 - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    really smart move! they have Scheppers as well

  12. birdsonbat - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    This doesn’t make sense….

  13. jadaruler - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    If they could flip Nathan for a solid catcher or a solid bat I’m all for it. Nothing against Nathan, but they signed Soria for a reason. They aren’t being sellers by trading Nathan, just using an asset to a serious need (hitting).

    I wonder if team deep pockets (Dodgers) needs a great closer.

  14. artisan3m - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    If Dave Magadan is cashing his paycheck, he ought to be indicted for stealing. The way the Rangers are hitting as a team, I doubt they will need a closer after back to back shuthouts. With a 2-8 record since the ASG, they have been swept twice and one of their loses is credited to Nathan. Four at home then an eleven game road trip. That will probably erase any hope of a WC chance. Very disappointing performance.

  15. wpbankston - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Dodgers: Joc Pederson or Red Sox: Mike Carp

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