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Neftali Feliz leading candidate for Rangers closer

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06:27 AM ET 12.29 | Joe Nathan is now with the Tigers and the Rangers will have a new closer in 2014. They will likely settle the issue by going back to the old closer. Neftali Feliz had the job during the World Series years of 2010-11 before being derailed by Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. Feliz appears to be healthy again, which puts him in position to be the Rangers' closer coming out of Spring Training. If Feliz is not ready, the Rangers could turn to premier setup reliever Tanner Scheppers or former Royals All-Star closer Joakim Soria. All are potentially good options but right now the job is Feliz's to lose.

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December 29, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Right now we are playing baseball on paper, let us wait until spring training and these kind of problems seem to work themselves out on the field.

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December 29, 2013  12:18 PM ET

The good thing - having options.

Rangers have plenty. And as long as I never have to see Nathan and his indigestion-inducing grimace taking the mound in the 9th anymore, then the options are fine.

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