In the Rangers 3-1 win over the Royals, Texas closer Joe Nathan picked up his 40th save in 43 chances.
Nathan’s 40 save seasons
|MIN (7 yrs)||2.16||460||394||260||463.1||309||34||134||561||0.956|
|SFG (4 yrs)||4.12||121||14||1||266.1||225||36||142||200||1.378|
|TEX (2 yrs)||2.18||128||118||77||124.0||90||9||34||145||1.000|
It was Nathan’s 41st career save against the Royals, the most against any team. he has 36 against the Tigers
Free agency looms
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reported this week that when Nathan finished his 55th game of the season this past week, he triggered the clause that enables him to become a free agent after this season. Under the terms of his contract, the Rangers have a $9.5 million option on Nathan for 2014, but now he can void that option.
His options would be a multiyear deal with the Rangers, void the option and try to get a multiyear deal elsewhere or play in 2014 on the one-year, $9.5 million option.
“The only reason to have that incentive in play is to have a little bit of power in getting a multiyear deal,” Nathan said. “Other than that, I’m just glad to get to that point and have it over and done with. Not that I was worried about it, but now I don’t have to concern myself with it. I can focus on what’s important.”
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2013 Saves leaders