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T.R. Sullivan: Rangers sign Joe Nathan

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Per T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers have signed free agent reliever Joe Nathan. No contract details available at this time.

Wow. This is sudden, and out of nowhere. There's been some talk about the Rangers having some interest in him, but nothing more than there's been about a bunch of other guys. Per Evan Grant on Twitter, it is a two year deal, and he's expected to close.

UPDATE: Neftali Feliz has apparently been informed that he is moving into the rotation.

UPDATE II: Jon Heyman says this is a 2 year, $14 million deal.

His stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
1997 22 SFG-min A- 2 1 .667 2.47 18 5 4 0 0 2 62.0 53 22 17 7 26 0 44 4 0 2 254 1.274 7.7 1.0 3.8 6.4 1.69 SKZ · NORW
1998 23 SFG-min A+,AA 9 9 .500 3.93 26 26 0 0 0 0 137.1 120 66 60 17 57 0 128 12 0 1 580 1.289 7.9 1.1 3.7 8.4 2.25 SJO,SHV · CALL,TL
1999 24 SFG-min AAA,AA 6 5 .545 4.32 15 15 0 1 0 0 83.1 73 48 40 11 43 0 89 6 2 8 362 1.392 7.9 1.2 4.6 9.6 2.07 FRE,SHV · PCL,TL
1999 24 SFG NL 7 4 .636 4.18 19 14 2 0 0 1 90.1 84 45 42 17 46 0 54 1 0 2 395 103 1.439 8.4 1.7 4.6 5.4 1.17
2000 25 SFG-min AAA,A+ 1 3 .250 4.38 5 5 0 0 0 0 24.2 21 13 12 5 15 0 17 1 0 3 108 1.459 7.7 1.8 5.5 6.2 1.13 FRE,BAK,SJO · PCL,CALL
2000 25 SFG NL 5 2 .714 5.21 20 15 0 0 0 0 93.1 89 63 54 12 63 4 61 4 0 5 426 82 1.629 8.6 1.2 6.1 5.9 0.97
2002 27 SFG-min AAA 6 12 .333 5.60 31 25 0 1 0 0 146.1 167 97 91 20 74 0 117 3 0 9 673 1.647 10.3 1.2 4.6 7.2 1.58 FRE · PCL
2002 27 SFG NL 0 0 0.00 4 0 3 0 0 0 3.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0.273 2.5 0.0 0.0 4.9
2003 28 SFG NL 12 4 .750 2.96 78 0 9 0 0 0 79.0 51 26 26 7 33 3 83 3 1 4 316 142 1.063 5.8 0.8 3.8 9.5 2.52
2004 29 MIN AL 1 2 .333 1.62 73 0 63 0 0 44 72.1 48 14 13 3 23 3 89 2 0 5 284 294 0.982 6.0 0.4 2.9 11.1 3.87 AS,CYA-4,MVP-12
2005 30 MIN AL 7 4 .636 2.70 69 0 58 0 0 43 70.0 46 22 21 5 22 1 94 0 0 2 276 166 0.971 5.9 0.6 2.8 12.1 4.27 AS
2006 31 MIN AL 7 0 1.000 1.58 64 0 61 0 0 36 68.1 38 12 12 3 16 4 95 1 0 3 262 284 0.790 5.0 0.4 2.1 12.5 5.94 CYA-5,MVP-18
2007 32 MIN AL 4 2 .667 1.88 68 0 60 0 0 37 71.2 54 15 15 4 19 2 77 1 0 3 282 229 1.019 6.8 0.5 2.4 9.7 4.05
2008 33 MIN AL 1 2 .333 1.33 68 0 57 0 0 39 67.2 43 13 10 5 18 4 74 2 0 2 261 316 0.901 5.7 0.7 2.4 9.8 4.11 AS
2009 34 MIN AL 2 2 .500 2.10 70 0 62 0 0 47 68.2 42 16 16 7 22 1 89 2 0 4 271 210 0.932 5.5 0.9 2.9 11.7 4.05 AS
2011 36 MIN-min AAA 0 0 0.00 3 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 12 1.000 6.0 0.0 3.0 15.0 5.00 ROC · IL
2011 36 MIN AL 2 1 .667 4.84 48 0 33 0 0 14 44.2 38 26 24 7 14 2 43 3 0 3 191 83 1.164 7.7 1.4 2.8 8.7 3.07
11 Seasons 48 23 .676 2.87 581 29 408 0 0 261 729.2 534 252 233 70 276 24 761 19 1 33 2976 152 1.110 6.6 0.9 3.4 9.4 2.76
162 Game Avg. 5 3 .676 2.87 65 3 45 0 0 29 81 60 28 26 8 31 3 85 2 0 4 332 152 1.110 6.6 0.9 3.4 9.4 2.76
MIN (7 yrs) 24 13 .649 2.16 460 0 394 0 0 260 463.1 309 118 111 34 134 17 561 11 0 22 1827 204 0.956 6.0 0.7 2.6 10.9 4.19
SFG (4 yrs) 24 10 .706 4.12 121 29 14 0 0 1 266.1 225 134 122 36 142 7 200 8 1 11 1149 104 1.378 7.6 1.2 4.8 6.8 1.41
AL (7 yrs) AL 24 13 .649 2.16 460 0 394 0 0 260 463.1 309 118 111 34 134 17 561 11 0 22 1827 204 0.956 6.0 0.7 2.6 10.9 4.19
NL (4 yrs) NL 24 10 .706 4.12 121 29 14 0 0 1 266.1 225 134 122 36 142 7 200 8 1 11 1149 104 1.378 7.6 1.2 4.8 6.8 1.41
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2011.