Rangers might trade Joe Nathan

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Normally you don’t think of a team in the middle of a pennant race as a seller but the Texas Rangers may do just that, sell some pieces. With so many contenders in need of a closer the Rangers are considering trading Joe Nathan. Out of all the contenders the Rangers are the only ones with deep enough bullpen to think of making a move like this.

The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander Joe Nathan, according to major league sources.

If the Rangers proceed, it would be with the idea of dealing from strength and exploiting a thin market for relievers, sources said.

Nathan, 38, instantly would become the most attractive closer available — ahead of the Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon, who might not even be moved. (Ken Rosenthal – FOX Sports)

With former closer Joakim Soria looking very impressive after Tommy John surgery the team would consider moving Nathan to get the offensive help they’ve been looking for. They also have another former closer in Neftali Feliz close to returning from his own Tommy John surgery. Add those two to an already strong bullpen and you can see why the Rangers may deal from a strength.

If Nathan does become available you can expect the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers to blow up the Rangers phone lines. With the season he’s having those teams can expect to pay a lot and I’m sure they would be willing to.

Nathan was pretty cool about the rumors today when he showed up to the ballpark. He made sure everyone knows he enjoys being a Ranger and all he cares about is doing what he needs to do on the field to get this team into the playoffs. It also helps that he has a limited no trade clause.

“I didn’t hear diddly,” Nathan said. “I’ve never worried about this stuff and I’m not going to start now. I’m going to play and try and help this team win. As far as my thought process, I’m battling with this team to get us to the postseason. This is the first time I’ve heard about it.” (Star Telegram)

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