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08:29 AM ET 10.27 | As soon as the World Series ends, the Rangers are on the clock regarding closer Joe Nathan's future. They will have three days to decide whether to exercise his $9 million option for 2014, which is a considerable chunk of change for a team that has pressing needs on offense. Even if they do decide to bring Nathan back, the soon-to-be 39-year-old with the best career save percentage in history will have 48 hours to either accept or elect free agency in search of a multiyear deal. To the surprise of no one, Nathan, coming off a 43-save season, very much would like a multiyear deal. And he's said he'd like to remain in Texas. The issue: Considering the Rangers have about $30 million to spend on free agents and numerous other concerns, using a third of that money on a closer may not be the most efficient allocation of dollars. "It's certainly not my preference," general manager Jon Daniels said when asked about committing a significant amount of payroll to the closer. "Especially when you are dealing with finite resources and have a number of areas to address. But we're going to keep talking about it."

Dallas Morning News

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October 27, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Pick up his option, and wait, offer him a 2 year Deal!

October 27, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Joba could be had for the right price in FA.

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October 27, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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Joba could be had for the right price in FA.

Thanks - we'll pass.

Honestly - it's time for Nathan to move on. Scheppers is waiting in the wings. There's no reason to go searching for another closer.

October 27, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Thanks - we'll pass. Honestly - it's time for Nathan to move on. Scheppers is waiting in the wings. There's no reason to go searching for another closer.

There are not enough " closers" to go around. Lots of teams in that search. If teams are hung up on six inning starters and counting to 100, then relief pitchers are going to start making some real money.

October 27, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Boston Bars were filled with closers last night I bet.

October 27, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Boston Bars were filled with closers last night I bet.

And - catchers?

October 27, 2013  11:41 AM ET

Does anyone else find it **** obnoxious that SI has videos that aren't even related to the topic of the article that automatically start on every damned page?

October 27, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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Does anyone else find it **** obnoxious that SI has videos that aren't even related to the topic of the article that automatically start on every damned page?

The best thing about using an iPad is that crap doesn't roll on the iOS platform.

October 27, 2013  12:36 PM ET
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The best thing about using an iPad is that crap doesn't roll on the iOS platform.

I'm buying one then.

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October 27, 2013  08:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Thanks - we'll pass. Honestly - it's time for Nathan to move on. Scheppers is waiting in the wings. There's no reason to go searching for another closer.

I agree on passing. Even with his 43 saves, I never felt confident with Nathan closing games. The Rangers have Scheppers, Feliz, Soria and Ogando, any one of whom could close. Both Feliz and Soria should be much stronger next season.

October 27, 2013  08:16 PM ET
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And - catchers?

I think San Fran has more pitchers and catchers than Boston.

October 27, 2013  11:48 PM ET

guy, this is old news. interns, get us some up to the minute sports news, dammit you kids. do it know.

 
October 30, 2013  06:01 PM ET

Joe Nathan is the Tony Romo of baseball. On paper he looks great however, a true closer does NOT rely so heavily on his outfielders. When Mariano Rivera took the field, you pretty much knew the game was over. When Nathan takes the field the opposing teams fully expect to tie the game and at least get the winning run on base if not win the game. When Nathan takes the field, true Rangers fans cringe and begin to lose hope. Watch the games .... Nathan would have no where as many saves if not for the athleticism of the Rangers outfielders saving his butt!!

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