FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal shares this big scoop:
Teams in need of a closer soon may have a stunning new possibility to consider.
The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander Joe Nathan, according to major league sources.
If the Rangers proceed, it would be with the idea of dealing from strength and exploiting a thin market for relievers, sources said.
It’s a risky and bold but intelligent move. The market for late-inning relievers is especially soft this summer and Nathan could easily fetch a highly-thought-of prospect or a major league-ready bat.
The 38-year-old has registered a 1.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 44/11 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings this season for the second-place Rangers and he is 32-for-34 in save opportunities. Nathan carries a $9 million club option for 2014 but can void it if he finishes 55 games in 2013. He has already finished 39 as of July 27.
Texas would presumably roll with Joakim Soria at closer down the stretch and into the postseason.