Let's take a look at the 2010 options facing the Rangers.
- Ron Washington – club option. Back on April 20th, GM Jon Daniels said there had been "zero discussions" about firing Washington despite media speculation. Things have changed for the better since then; the 17-14 Rangers are in first place in the AL West. I'll speculate that an over-.500 finish could result in Washington's option being exercised.
- Kevin Millwood – $12MM 2010 salary becomes guaranteed with 180 innings pitched in 2009. Nice timing for Millwood, who is second in baseball right now with 52.3 innings pitched. He needs only 127.6 innings, maybe 20 more starts, for his 2010 salary to become guaranteed. Tom Hicks said in March that he wanted Millwood to reach the innings target. The 34 year-old has been the subject of trade speculation, but it doesn't make sense with the team in contention.
- Vicente Padilla – $12MM club option with a $1.75MM buyout. It's difficult to imagine the Rangers exercising this option. Padilla's level of production can be found more cheaply on the open market.