Making a hard turn into the Winter Meetings as Hot off the Wire waves us around....
The Detroit Tigers agreed with free-agent CL Joe Nathan (Rangers) on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Feliz on his way back
As the Fantasy Tip notes, Nathan's declining K rate should give you some pause if you're buying him at the same level as younger, more electric arms like Greg Holland. Nathan, who recently turned 39, has worked to cut his HR/9; it worked even with his Arlington home last year and should continue in Comerica Park.
But he lost almost 2 mph off his four-seamer, per PITCHf/x, and to whatever degree that was intentional, be careful on your bids, as opponents may continue raking him as he relies more and more on location. (Check his liner rate allowed from the last two years.) Expect an ERA in the high 2.00s, at best, and definitely not below 2.00.
Unless they look outside the organization, Texas will decide between Joakim Soria, Tanner Scheppers and Neftali Feliz (recovering from Tommy John surgery) to replace Nathan. Soria and Feliz have the experience, so the focus probably sits between those two, though Scheppers' move to the bullpen proved he could enter such situations consistently, as well. Soria already came back from his TJS, which may give him the first shot.
Plenty of save spotlights will be shined on Texas heading into March.
The O's and A's make a swap....
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