Texas Rangers expect closer Joe Nathan to decline $9.5 million dollar option

Aug 18, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joe Nathan (36) checks the score board during the ninth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Seattle won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Leaving nearly $10 million dollars on the table is a pretty risky decision, but it’s one that Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan is expected to make – this according to the team themselves, via Elysian Fields.

Nathan, who had the option vest after he appeared in his 55th game of the season is looking for a multi-year deal and is hoping to secure a longer, though, slightly less lucrative deal in exchange for declining the option.

The Rangers are expecting pitcher Joe Nathan to decline his option for 2014 and become a free agent. A formal decision isn’t expected until after the World Series but 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.

At 38-years-old (and to be 39 in just a month), Nathan’s taking a pretty big risk hoping somebody will take a risk on a multi-year deal, assuming he does decline the option. Add in his career injury history and it’s not exactly a favorable situation, though with a league void of good closers, it’s possible a team will find Nathan to be a risk worth taking.

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