Joe Nathan Got 14.5M? Really???

For some bizarre reason the Texas Rangers signed free-agent closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal worth $14.5 million.

Did I miss something? When did the market for closers go through the roof? When did the free agent feeding frenzy around Joe Nathan begin? Because that’s the only reasonable explaination for an unreasonably high contract for a 37 year old reliever a year removed from Tommy John surgery.

I guess Nathan was a possibility for the Mets but there’s no way in Hell Alderson hands out that sort of deal to a guy like Nathan.

It’s really too bad Parnell didn’t succeed last year because we could really use the money earmarked for the closer elsewhere… Like Jose Reyes.

3 Responses to “Joe Nathan Got 14.5M? Really???”

  1. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    What is the going rate for a closer these days?

    It seems to rich for the Mets blood. last I heard there were 7-8 teams, including us looking for a closer, so that will up the price.

    Winter meetings in two weeks so things should pick up then.

    Just not feeling good vibes for the Mets this winter. I just don’t here any good news about this team.

  2. Met_Maven Says:

    That is way too much for a closer. They can be so up and down, I wouldn’t spend more than $3 mil per year and sign a max 2 year contract.

  3. BrooklynBill Says:

    Totally agree, MM.

    So is Reyes really going to go unsigned before the Winter meetings??

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