Texas Rangers not expected to bring back Joe Nathan

Sep 21, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Joe Nathan (36) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Texas beat Kansas City 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

For two seasons, Joe Nathan has locked down the closer spot in Arlington, but that appears to be coming to an end as the Texas Rangers recently said they do not expect to re-sign their talented closer.

Nathan, who experienced a career resurgence as a reliever, is just days away from turning 39-years-old and is seeking a multi-year contract. That’s not a risk the Rangers are willing to take, this according to general manager Jon Daniels:

The Rangers and Joe Nathan are almost certain to part ways after two seasons, general manager Jon Daniels said Friday, after the club exercised its option and Nathan, in turn, declined the player portion and became a free agent.

Nathan, who turns 39 on Nov. 21, is seeking a two-year contract, and the Rangers would rather use the money Nathan would command on other, more pressing needs for the 2014 club.

It’s an understandable move for the Rangers and Nathan for that matter, who is looking to secure what is likely to be his final Major League Baseball contract.

With Nathan not expected back to the Rangers, the team will look into alternatives for the closer position – Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers the early favorites for the position.

Topics: Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers

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