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July 27, 2013

Rangers discuss dealing Joe Nathan

The Texas Rangers are willing to listen to offers on closer Joe Nathan, as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported. The Rangers don't expect to deal Nathan, but could if a team covets him enough to put together an attractive enough package for him. Nathan has converted 32 of 34 save opportunities, and is a widely respected veteran in the clubhouse. But the bullpen is an area of strength and depth for the team, which needs offensive help. The Rangers have lost 11 of their last 14 games, and have been shutout in two of the past three. Former Royals closer Joakim Soria has returned strong following Tommy John elbow surgery, and Tanner Scheppers is a power right-hander with the tools to close. Neftali Feliz is also expected to return soon from Tommy John, as the former closer is scheduled to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment early next month. -- Drew Davison

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