The Rangers have given a one-year contract extension to manager Ron Washington, tweets Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Washington is now under contract through the 2015 season. In a team release announcing the extension, president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said the following:
"Ron Washington leads our club with a vast knowledge and passion for the game. Under Wash’s guidance and tutelage, the Rangers have enjoyed their greatest successes in franchise history. I look forward to working with him to build on that success in 2014 and beyond."
Washington is entering his eighth season as the Rangers' skipper. The former big league infielder has led the club to five straight winning seasons, the past four of which have been 90-win seasons or better. Washington's Rangers appeared in the World Series in 2010 and in 2011, though they fell just shy of baseball's ultimate prize in each instance.
The Rangers are the only team that Washington has managed at the Major League level, and he's compiled a 611-524 record in his time at the helm. As a player, Washington batted .261/.292/.368 in 1689 career plate appearances over parts of 10 seasons -- most of which came with the Twins in the early- to mid-80s.