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Former Twin Joe Nathan signs with Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas - Back-to-back AL championships got the Texas Rangers another prize in closer Joe Nathan.

The Rangers' new closer was formally introduced Tuesday, his 37th birthday, after agreeing to a $14.5 million, two-year deal that includes an option for a third year.

Nathan says knowing the type of club the Rangers have and the success they've had helped him make his decision.

The right-hander spent the past eight years with the Minnesota Twins, but missed the 2010 season after Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Nathan has worn No. 36 throughout his major league career, including San Francisco (1999-2000, 2002-03). He was presented with a Rangers No. 63 jersey for now.

Though he might not be back, free agent C.J. Wilson has worn No. 36 for the Rangers.