Closer Joe Nathan voids Rangers option, becomes free agent

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. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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