In the wake of manager Ron Washington’s surprising resignation, the Rangers are seeking stability in the front office. The club has begun discussing a long-term extension with General Manager Jon Daniels, a major league source tells Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.
The Rangers are on the verge of a 100-loss season, but that hasn’t changed the ownership’s view of Daniels. There’s also a long to-do list this winter and it’ll make things easier if Daniels has a certain future. As Grant notes, Texas needs to find a new manager, at least two pitchers, a power hitter, potentially replace a coach or two who might land managerial jobs, and add to the recently depleted evaluation staff. On top of that, assistant GM Thad Levine could be a strong candidate GM jobs elsewhere.
The talks, according to Grant, could eventually lead to Daniels being named president of the club with a heavy involvement in baseball operations. That would allow the Rangers to install Levine as the GM and keep him from going elsewhere. The partnership would be similar to what the Cubs have with Theo Epstein as president and Jed Hoyer as GM.