Closer Joe Nathan voids Rangers option, becomes free agent

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Joe Nathan is taking his 341 saves and hitting the market. (USATSI)
Joe Nathan is taking his 341 saves and hitting the market. (USATSI)

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Contenders with closer concerns, take note: Joe Nathan is now available for hire. The veteran relief ace on Friday voided the $9 million option for 2014 that the Rangers had previously exercised. As such, Nathan is now a free agent.

Nathan will turn 39 on Nov. 22, but he's coming off a dominant 2013 season: 64 2/3 IP, 1.39 ERA, 73 strikeouts, 19 unintentional walks, 2 HR. For his career, he ranks 10th on the all-time list with 341 saves.

The Rangers took a chance on Nathan after he followed up Tommy John surgery in early 2010 with a disappointing 2011 season for the Twins. Nathan responded by posting a 2.09 ERA across two seasons in Arlington.

Needless to say, Nathan would be a strong short-term solution for a team in contending mode and in need of help in the ninth inning.

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