Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan has declined an invitation to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic in March. The veteran said he wanted a "full and normal" spring training.
"I respectfully declined," Nathan said Wednesday via text. "It was a huge honor to be asked and I feel good, but I want to do right by the Rangers."
Nathan, 38, had 37 saves and a 2.80 ERA and was named to the AL All-Star team last year.