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Joe Nathan declines option, becomes free agent

Nov 1, 2013, 5:27 PM EST

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As expected, Rangers closer Joe Nathan has declined his $9.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent.

Not many 39-year-old relievers are in position to turn down $9.5 million in guaranteed money, but Nathan is coming off a fantastic season in which he saved 43 games with a 1.39 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 65 innings.

In two seasons with the Rangers he threw 129 innings with a 2.09 ERA, all directly following Tommy John elbow surgery, so Nathan obviously isn’t your average 39-year-old reliever. He’s banking on getting a multi-year deal for similar money per year.

  1. bigx21 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    As a Angels fan, i dont want him in my team. But based on the previous years, we have picked up CJ Wilson, Josh Hamilton and now, maybe Joe Nathan!! All ex Texas players to LA Angels with huge contracts and $$$!!

    • rangermania - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      The Angels gotta sign Joe and don’t forget another valuable addition in Lance Berkman! Go for it!

  2. 50milessouthofdetroit - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Welcome to Detroit Joe……

  3. sawxalicious - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Can Texas make a qualifying offer? That would hurt his marketability.

    • rangermania - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      OMG please don’t. He might take it.

  4. rangermania - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    The Angels did Texas a favor twice already and we are looking forward to the Angels signing Joe as well for a couple of years at least for 15 or 20 mil each!

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