Nathan deal opens door for Feliz 

November, 21, 2011

Neftali Feliz Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesNeftali Feliz struck out 10.7 per nine innings in the minors, when he was predominantly a starter.
The Texas Rangers turned heads this evening by signing reliever Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million deal with a club option.

The price per year is high -- most likely reflecting the market premium for a "proven closer" -- but the short commitment of two years makes it a little easier to swallow, and the effect of moving Neftali Feliz to the rotation is a big net positive.