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08:15 AM ET 11.22 | By signing Joe Nathan, Texas can bump Neftali Feliz out of the bullpen and into the starting rotation. That could be indication that the Rangers are out on the bidding for C.J. Wilson, though a source indicated that the Rangers haven't ruled out trying to re-sign the free agent. Nathan missed all of the 2010 season after having Tommy John elbow replacement surgery. The right-hander, who turns 37 on Tuesday, saved 14 games last year for Minnesota after a lousy start to the season. His best two months were July and September. The Rangers will be betting on the belief that pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery are better in their second full season back.

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November 22, 2011  08:32 AM ET

May spells the end?

November 22, 2011  08:43 AM ET

It means they aren't forced to chase stupid money or years or both.

November 22, 2011  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

May spells the end?

It means spells as in magic.

November 22, 2011  09:06 AM ET

With a launching pad like the Ballpark in Arlington starting pitchers are not going to want to sign as free agents. Therefore you have to bascially grow your own in the farm system or overpay in salary to get them to come to Dallas. I definately like the grow your own method better cause it keeps your payroll from going crazy. Problem is there are about 5-6 key players coming up for new contracts in the next 2 years.

November 22, 2011  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

With a launching pad like the Ballpark in Arlington starting pitchers are not going to want to sign as free agents. Therefore you have to bascially grow your own in the farm system or overpay in salary to get them to come to Dallas. I definately like the grow your own method better cause it keeps your payroll from going crazy. Problem is there are about 5-6 key players coming up for new contracts in the next 2 years.

Fair points. Though going to Texas means you'll pitch for a team that looks set to contend for years, you'll get run support, and Texas cash is just as green as anyone else's. I think the bigger issue is Texas just doesn't need a starter that badly, so why open the vault? Wilson, while he looks very good, has been a starter for a very short time. To lock him into a long term deal at big numbers, that's a gutsy play.

November 22, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Seems like they are taking a bit of a risk here with Nathan.

November 22, 2011  09:43 AM ET

.....yet another example of the rangers making the right moves.....very impressive job...nathan and adams will compete for the closer role with the loser getting setup duty....meanwhile the sp will have a bunch of nice young arms plus lewis.....

November 22, 2011  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

With a launching pad like the Ballpark in Arlington starting pitchers are not going to want to sign as free agents. Therefore you have to bascially grow your own in the farm system or overpay in salary to get them to come to Dallas. I definately like the grow your own method better cause it keeps your payroll from going crazy. Problem is there are about 5-6 key players coming up for new contracts in the next 2 years.

.....launching pad not so much in october with good sp on the mound.....yes, physics 101 in play during the summer months a lil bit, but way over sold.....

November 22, 2011  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Seems like they are taking a bit of a risk here with Nathan.

I thnk it's a great signing. They essentially get a starter for 2 years at $7+ per. Tommy John has become routine albeit with a long rehab period. Nathan looked very good late in year. Nathan was as good as any closer in baseball pre-injury, and that includes Saint Mo. If I'm a Texas fan, I'm thrilled. Better move than signing Wilson for whatever the deep pockets are going to throw at him.

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November 22, 2011  10:05 AM ET
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Joe Nathan. Nice signing. Now imagine if they got Wilson back and dropped Feliz into the 8th inning role. That would be pretty bad ****.

I see this happening...

November 22, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I see this happening...

If Feliz can be a quality starter not a chance. Starters are much, much more valuable than 8th inning guys.

November 22, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Editor's note: I'm pretty sure the Tommy John procedure is not "elbow replacement surgery."

It will be ok.

November 22, 2011  10:15 AM ET

a lot of what i have read is that Wilson benefitted from pitching a lot against WEAK AL West teams..
he was horrible in the post season..

November 22, 2011  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

If Feliz can be a quality starter not a chance. Starters are much, much more valuable than 8th inning guys.

pretty big two letter word there in that "IF".....

November 22, 2011  10:19 AM ET

wilson is looking for a 120/6 contract.

Good luck with that.

November 22, 2011  10:23 AM ET
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a lot of what i have read is that Wilson benefitted from pitching a lot against WEAK AL West teams..he was horrible in the post season..

In 6 starts against Boston, NY, and Tampa he had a sub 2 ERA.

November 22, 2011  10:24 AM ET
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I see this happening...

No Way I see this. Wilson is gone. Feliz is in the rotation, just like Ogando moving from the pen last year. Now they have 3 right handers and two lefties, a better percentage than having 3 lefty starters like last year, which the Cards took advantage of, except for Hollands' gem. Feliz has MUCH better stuff than Wilson, is MUCH younger, and has a HUGE upside...potential CY Young upside. No way you put this guy in the 8th inning. He is a future ace.

 
November 22, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

pretty big two letter word there in that "IF".....

Never know unless you try. Same could have been said about Wilson. 8th inning guys are a dime a dozen compared with quality starters.

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