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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Joe Nathan
Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, the leading candidates to replace Joe Nathan as the Texas closer, had contrasting results in the Rangers' 9-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Joba Chamberlain has already noticed a couple obvious differences after leaving the New York Yankees to sign with Detroit.
Detroit newcomers Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain each pitched a scoreless inning to help the Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday.
Last year, the Detroit Tigers never fully settled on a closer. With the arrival of Joe Nathan, that shouldn't be a problem this season.
Padres manager Bud Black was quick to point out reliever Joaquin Benoit has the most service time of anyone on the San Diego roster.
A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Texas added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo. Will that be enough to get this club back into the postseason in 2014?
Neftali Feliz agreed to a $3 million contract with the Texas Rangers and Alexi Ogando accepted a deal worth $2,625,000.
Miguel Cabrera returns, but Prince Fielder and Doug Fister are gone. Can the big changes help get Detroit over its October hump at last?
Before any trades and signings, the focus of the winter meetings will be on fame.
The baseball winter meetings are starting with a look back.
When the Detroit Tigers introduced new closer Joe Nathan this week, the news conference quickly became about a lot more than Joe Nathan.
The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016 on Wednesday, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen.
Joe Nathan expects to fit in just fine in Detroit _ and now the Tigers don't have to face the closer who has dominated them more than perhaps any other in baseball.
Derek Jeter and the Yankees worked out a $12 million, one-year deal that kept the captain from going on the open market, while Joe Nathan, Jose Veras, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kurt Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez were among the players who became free agents Friday.
"This team wants to win," Nathan said of the three-time AL Central champions. "I want to play for a champion. I don't know about last year, but I want to do my job here."
"Probably the best game that I've ever been a part of," Nathan said. "Sorry to bring it up."