Nathan deal opens door for Feliz
November, 21, 2011
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
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.