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Joe Nathan can void option for 2014, hopes to land multi-year deal

Sep 21, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that when Rangers closer Joe Nathan reached 55 games finished on Thursday, it triggered a clause which allows him to void a $9.5 million club option for 2014 and test free agency. While the veteran right-hander would like to stay with Texas, his first priority is to get a multi-year deal.

“The only reason to have that incentive in play is to have a little bit of power in getting a multiyear deal,” Nathan said. “Other than that, I’m just glad to get to that point and have it over and done with. Not that I was worried about it, but now I don’t have to concern myself with it. I can focus on what’s important.”

Even though he turns 39 in November, Nathan stands a pretty good chance to get his wish, as he has compiled a 2.20 ERA over the past two seasons while going 76-for-82 in save chances. The Rangers have Joakim Soria and Neftali Felz as in-house alternatives, so it’s possible they’ll move on if the bidding gets out of hand.

  1. szapata03 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Wasn’t the game that activated the clause, the one where he gave up the lead to the Rays? Let him get his multi-year somewhere else.

    • gibbyfan - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      From the way that reads it could easily be inferred that his deal was his potential deal was the priority—-not necessarily the game. But you make a good point–if he’s looking for big payday and multi year deal Texas would be wise to let someone else pick up the tab —He might get 2 or three years from one of the Super $$$ teams –but I doubt it.

      • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        I think he deserves and will get a significant deal.

        He is the best reliever in baseball other than Mariano Rivera. Actually, he has basically matched Rivera’s dominance over the last ten seasons. And he has fully returned to form after Tommy John surgery. Yes, he is old, but he shows no signs of decline. He is still unhittable and has an elite strikeout rate.

        Usually I agree that it is a bad idea to give a multi-year deal to a reliever his age. But the very best pitchers are an exception.

  2. bronzestarusmc - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Just someone else we will leave

  3. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Mariano is definitely retiring so.. Joe Nathan on his way to the Yanks?

  4. jonrox - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    The closer bubble has to he popping pretty soon. Just about every team had three relievers who are good enough to close, so why pay one of those guys double the money foot the same performance?

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