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Joe Nathan Never Gave Minnesota Twins Chance To Match Texas Rangers Offer

The Minnesota Twins trotted out Joe Nathan 394 times during the seven years he was healthy enough to close games for the organization. The veteran closer won't be returning for an eighth season, however, as the 37-year-old signed with the Texas Rangers on Monday.

The Twins had originally mentioned that they would be interested in re-signing the veteran earlier in the offseason, but Twins president Dave St. Peter said that they were never given the option of matching the Rangers' offer.

Never given the chance. RT @tsmbain: Really. The Twins couldn't match Texas' offer?
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The Twins have a few options now that Nathan officially isn't coming back. Twinkie Town mentions current Twins' Glen Perkins, Jon Rauch and Matt Capps along with players like Heath Bell, Frank Francisco and Ryan Madson as possible options the Minnesota front office should look into before next season gets started.

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