Showing posts with label Joe Nathan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Joe Nathan. Show all posts

Monday, November 21, 2011

Closer Joe Nathan signs with Texas Rangers


The Texas Rangers have signed Closer/RHP Joe Nathan. This move seems to indicate that RHP Neftali Feliz will be moving into the starting rotataion.

The Mets were looking at the NY Native to fill their void at closer...

Nathan has been with Minnesota Twins for the past 7 seasons. He was limited by injuries last season to pitching 44 innings with a 4.84 ERA. However, in the previous 6 seasons he never had less than 35 saves, and saved a career high 47 games in 2009. His career stats with both San Francisco and Minnesota: appeared in 581 games, 792 2/3 IP, 534 Hits, 276 BB, 761 K – 2.87 ERA..

Maybe Matt Capps is the answer?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Closer Joe Nathan says Mets are on his radar


Roger Rubin of the Daily News was at The dedication ceremony for Stony Brook’s new baseball stadium yesterday culminated with big-league closer Joe Nathan throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

It’s not a reach to envision that the next real pitch he throws will be in a Mets uniform.

“The Mets are a team on our radar for sure, but until we talk with them we can’t be sure how well we fit,” Nathan said Saturday in an exclusive interview with the Daily News. “I know what playing in New York is about and I know how passionate the fans are about the teams they like. ... I was a Met fan growing up and my friends from the area are giving me pressure to give them strong consideration.”

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson identified resolving the Jose Reyes situation and strengthening the club’s bullpen as the two top offseason priorities. With Reyes’ free agency shaping up to unfold slowly, the Mets could start addressing the relief corps first.

Nathan had a $12.5 million option with the Twins bought out for $2 million on Tuesday, making him a free agent. Though Twins GM Bill Smith said the club could try to re-sign him, the market for closers should be wide open with a number available and nearly as many openings.

After the midseason trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, the Mets gave several players a shot at the closer role but none performed consistently enough to earn the organization’s trust. In fact, the only Mets relievers that appear a certainty to be on the team for Opening Day 2012 are righthander Bobby Parnell and lefthander Tim Byrdak.

In many ways – aside from his roots in Circleville, N.Y., and his childhood rooting interest – the Mets and Nathan are potentially an excellent fit. The Mets won’t be huge spenders and the 36-year-old righthander is looking to re-establish himself as a top-tier closer after an uneven 2011 in Minnesota following 2010 Tommy John surgery. “We are prepared to go either way, with a long-term or short-term deal,” he said.

“I’ve put time in and worked my butt off to return to closing games,” Nathan added. “I’m at the spot now where I know next season will be a good season for me. I’m fully healthy.”

After saving 47 games in 2009 he missed all of 2010 with an elbow injury and made it back in less than a year to regain the closer’s role out of spring training last year. But he didn’t do well, lost the role and eventually went back on the disabled list. The second half of the season was a different story: he was 1-0 with 11 saves in 11 chances and a 3.91 ERA after the All-Star break.

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