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Nathan Agrees With Tigers



    While it made perfect sense for the Texas Rangers to let closer Joe Nathan seek greener pastures this winter, there's no denying he was a fantastic closer in his two-year stint with the Rangers.

    In 2013, Nathan had what might have been one of the best seasons of his possible Hall of Fame career, converting 43 of his 46 save opportunities with a 1.39 ERA and 73 strikeouts.

    Next season, the veteran will be pitching in Detroit, as the Tigers have once again pillaged the Rangers' roster to improve their weaknesses that have kept them from winning a championship despite playing for the AL pennant in the previous three seasons and losing the 2012 World Series.

    The main weaknesses the Tigers have had have been infield defense and a shaky bullpen, and in the past couple of weeks they've upgraded both by acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Texas and signing Nathan to be their closer.

    The Rangers have several internal options in line to possibly take over for Nathan in former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz, former Kansas City All-Star closer Joakim Soria and last year's set-up man Tanner Scheppers. But it's going to take a lot to replace with Nathan did in his two seasons in Texas.