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Joe Nathan expected to decline 2014 option, become free agent

Oct 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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By reaching 55 games finished this season Joe Nathan got the ability to decline his 2014 option and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers expect the veteran closer to do exactly that.

Nathan would be turning down $9.5 million for 2014, but he’s looking for a multi-year deal and even at age 38 he’s been dominant enough to warrant it on the open market. Nathan saved 43 games with a 1.39 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 65 innings this season and posted a 2.09 ERA in 129 innings overall for the Rangers after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery.

So will Texas make a multi-year bid to keep him? Sullivan doesn’t seem to think so, writing that “the Rangers are preparing to look at other options for their closer with Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and possibly Tanner Scheppers as the prime options.”

  1. stex52 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I think he will get a better offer. But I still marvel at the numbers. I live quite comfortably. But the thought of turning down a guaranteed 9.5 MM$ to go try for a bit more is so far over my head it bamboozles me.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Yeah. if you can’t put yourself in a position to never have to work again at age 40 how is life worth living.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Multi-year deal for a 38 year old reliever post TJ? The Yankees need a closer!

  3. mgv38 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    The man is delusional, as is anyone who give him !0M for multiple years.

    • eightyraw - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Well, his performance merits it

      • NatsLady - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        I looked at Uehara’s stats with the Rangers–still can’t believe they let him go. Nathan has been good for years. He’ll get paid.

      • beefytrout - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        A lot of Rangers fans missed Koji this year. But apparently they needed to throw millions at Berkman’s skinnyfat knees.

    • mgv38 - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      or 10M. Actually, !0M seems more appropriate. :-)

  4. slizzyslizz - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I was shocked Soriano turned down the 8 figure option with the Yankees only to get a sweeter deal with the Nats…

    I believe his agent knows he will get that and more this offseason. Wouldn’t surprise me if it was from the Yankees either.

    After all, Victorino makes almost $14m/year. $10m for Nathan is a bargain.

  5. jbones77 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    No Rangers fans wanted Koji back. He wasn’t very good at all with Texas.

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