The Joe Nathan Report

by Bill Chuck on September 22, 2013

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

Year Age Tm ERA G GF SV ▾ IP H HR BB SO WHIP
2009 34 MIN 2.10 70 62 47 68.2 42 7 22 89 0.932
2004 29 MIN 1.62 73 63 44 72.1 48 3 23 89 0.982
2005 30 MIN 2.70 69 58 43 70.0 46 5 22 94 0.971
2013 38 TEX 1.51 62 56 40 59.2 35 2 21 67 0.939
13 Yrs 2.77 709 526 338 853.2 624 79 310 906 1.094
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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/22/2013.

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.”

Nine to Know

2013 Saves leaders

Rk Player SV WHIP IR IS IS% Age Tm G GF IP BB SO ERA
1 Craig Kimbrel 48 0.889 3 1 33.33% 25 ATL 64 56 63.0 20 90 1.29
2 Jim Johnson 47 1.281 11 4 36.36% 30 BAL 70 60 66.1 18 51 2.98
3 Greg Holland 44 0.825 6 1 16.67% 27 KCR 64 58 63.0 15 96 1.29
4 Mariano Rivera 44 1.082 12 5 41.67% 43 NYY 62 59 61.0 9 53 2.21
5 Rafael Soriano 42 1.237 2 2 100.00% 33 WSN 66 56 64.2 16 49 3.20
6 Joe Nathan 40 0.939 9 6 66.67% 38 TEX 62 56 59.2 21 67 1.51
7 Aroldis Chapman 38 1.054 8 3 37.50% 25 CIN 66 54 61.2 28 107 2.63
8 Addison Reed 38 1.092 2 0 0.00% 24 CHW 65 56 68.2 21 69 3.67
9 Grant Balfour 38 1.190 6 5 83.33% 35 OAK 62 52 59.2 24 66 2.72
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/22/2013.

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