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Dinner sealed deal for Joe Nathan

Updated: November 22, 2011, 3:58 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a long dinner at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in Fort Worth two weeks ago that helped convince Joe Nathan to play for the Texas Rangers.

And it wasn't the food that did it.

"But I think we ate just about everything in that restaurant," Nathan said. "We were there about four hours and I was completely comfortable. I knew I wanted to play here."

Nathan, a four-time All-Star, signed a two-year, $14 million contract with a club option for ...

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