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  1. Neftali Feliz is the favorite to close for the Rangers

    Dec 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz Getty

    Tanner Scheppers has expressed his interest in replacing Joe Nathan as the Rangers’ closer in 2014, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com pegs Neftali Feliz as the favorite to return to his former role: Joe Nathan is now with the Tigers and the Rangers will have a new closer in 2014. They will likely settle the…

  2. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  3. Tanner Scheppers is prepping to start, but wants to close

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Tanner Scheppers Getty

    Texas has been very willing to shift pitchers back and forth between the rotation and bullpen in recent years, with both good and bad results, and Tanner Scheppers is the latest with his future role in flux. Scheppers has spent this offseason building up arm strength to potentially join the rotation, although the Rangers have…

  4. Padres and Indians both in hot pursuit of Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    joaquin benoit getty

    Both the Padres and the Indians have offered two-year deals and at least $14 million in total to free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source close to the Padres suggests the team’s deal could also include a third-year option. Should Benoit reach such an agreement with either club, he…

  5. Report: Rangers, Blue Jays deal fell apart due to physical

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Rangers were involved in a three-team deal last month that would have sent reliever Sergio Santos to Texas, but that the deal fell apart because another player failed his physical. Santos would have helped make up for the loss of Joe Nathan to Detroit. He missed…

  6. 2013 Winter Meetings Preview

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings pic

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, deep in the dark recesses of the happiest place on Earth. I have been down here with my children since last Tuesday, doing battle with a mouse. The mouse is a worthy adversary. Much respect for him and his hyper-efficiency at separating…

  7. Phillies trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon

    Dec 6, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Two seasons into a four-year, $46 million contract the Phillies are trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Papelbon has been very good for the Phillies with a 2.67 ERA that’s not far off from his 2.33 ERA for the Red Sox, but his strikeout rate and average fastball velocity both…

  8. Joe Nathan finalizes two-year contract with Tigers

    Dec 4, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    Joe Nathan‘s deal with the Tigers is now official and it’s a two-year contract believed to be worth $20 million with a team option for 2016, when the closer will be 41 years old. Nathan made the right call to turn down his $9 million player option with the Rangers, correctly predicting that he could…

  9. Brian Wilson nearing a return to the Dodgers

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    Dodgers' Wilson watches the game against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Phoenix

    As of last week Brian Wilson was said to be in “serious” talks with Detroit, but now that the Tigers are on the verge of signing Joe Nathan as their new closer Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Wilson is nearing a return to the Dodgers. Wilson was fantastic down the stretch as a…

  10. Tigers close to signing Joe Nathan

    Dec 3, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    Now we know where that money the Tigers just saved is going: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Detroit is close to signing Joe Nathan. That would be a huge step to addressing the Tigers’ bullpen issues, as Nathan is coming off a season in which he saved 43 games with a 1.39 ERA and…

  11. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto says Ernesto Frieri will be the closer next season

    Nov 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri AP

    The Angels have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for free agent closers this winter, but the team isn’t planning on making any changes. Or at least that’s what they are saying right now. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was on MLB Network Radio on Sirius-XM yesterday and told host Mel Antonen that Ernesto…

  12. Tigers could prefer Brian Wilson for closer

    Nov 16, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    It was reported earlier this week that the Tigers and veteran closer Joe Nathan had “mutual interest,” but ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the team may end up going in a different direction. Depending on where dollar figures fall, DET's preference among available closers may well be Brian Wilson,coming off his strong '13 showing.— Buster…

  13. Report: Mutual interest between the Tigers and Joe Nathan

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    The Tigers passed on Rafael Soriano last winter and decided to go in-house at closer, eventually settling on Joaquin Benoit, but they are prepared to look to free agency to fill the role this offseason. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that “mutual interest” has developed between the Tigers and Joe Nathan. After declining his…

  14. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First,┬áhere’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  15. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  16. Rangers will not make qualifying offer to Joe Nathan

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    We learned yesterday that Joe Nathan declined his $9.5 million player option with the Rangers in hopes of landing a multi-year contract in free agency. The soon-to-be 39-year-old should be in a favorable position to meet his goal, especially now that teams won’t have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him: With…

  17. Joe Nathan declines option, becomes free agent

    Nov 1, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    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…

  18. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  19. If only Jim Leyland hadn’t been so hands on

    Oct 20, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland spent the first four months of this season with two reliable relievers: left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Joaquin Benoit. Obviously, that’s less than ideal. But it did give him fewer chances to mess things up. And mess things up he did in the ALCS. With Jose Veras and Al Alburquerque at…

  20. Joe Nathan expected to decline 2014 option, become free agent

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    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…

  21. Rangers have no answer for the Rays’ stars

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    The simple fact is that things lined up better for the Rays than they did for the Rangers in Monday’s one-game playoff. With no maneuvering necessary, the Rays had their 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, David Price, ready to the take the mound. The Rangers, having used Yu Darvish on Sunday, were forced to…

  22. It’s on: Game 163 between the Rangers and Rays set for tomorrow

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Pillar

    The Rangers and Rays entered today’s action — the final day of regular season action — tied for the second AL Wild Card spot and remained so at the end of the day. While the Indians secured themselves top billing in the AL Wild Card play-in game, the Rangers and Rays will have to play…

  23. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  24. Rangers tried to trade Matt Garza and Joe Nathan to Braves for Justin Upton

    Sep 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Buried near the end of Bob Nightengale’s recent USA Today report about Nelson Cruz is this tidbit about the Rangers’ unsuccessful attempts to trade for Justin Upton: The Rangers, trying to solve that power void, tried to pull off a blockbuster deal for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton before the July 31 trade deadline. The…

  25. Matt Garza dominates Royals, keeps the Rangers in the hunt

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The once-strong Rangers have had a miserable September, entering tonight’s affair against the Royals with 14 losses in 18 games during the month. With recently-acquired starter Matt Garza on the hill, the Rangers made a strong effort in reversing their fortunes tonight. The Rangers went up 3-0 early on Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, scoring once…

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