Jon Daniels can opt out of his contract with the Rangers after this season if the team’s ownership changes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Rangers' ownership transfer is in flux, but the 32-year-old GM tells Rosenthal that he isn’t thinking of opting out.
“That’s not even remotely on my mind,” Daniels said. “All of the focus should be on the team and what they’re doing.”
Daniels, who became GM after the 2005 season, is under contract through 2011 if there's no ownership change. The 50-35 Rangers lead the AL West and Daniels says he loves it in Texas. If the group led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan buys the team, the out clause will likely amount to nothing, Rosenthal reports.
The Rangers say they are focused on improving their team by the trade deadline. They have already acquired Bengie Molina and are looking for pitching, too. If they hope to add Cliff Lee, they should act soon; the Yankees appear to be close to acquiring the left-hander.