The Texas Rangers have given general manager Jon Daniels a multiyear contract extension at a time when the team is focused on developing young players at the big league level.
Texas missed the playoffs last season and was 27-37 going into Thursday night’s home game against defending World Series champion Houston. But the Rangers have made their only two World Series appearances during Daniels’ 13 seasons as GM, and won four AL West titles.
“There is a definite sense of urgency, not for a quick fix by any stretch … but a sense of urgency in everything that we do to make progress, to put building blocks in place and keep going,” Daniels said Thursday. “Our focus has been on just re-establishing a foundation for a long-term sustainable model to win here for a long time.”
The Rangers gave Daniels an extension in November 2014 that went through this season, and ownership had indicated since the off-season that another extension was coming.
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“His track record demonstrates clearly that he is the right person to lead the Rangers back to contending for championships once again,” Rangers co-chairman and managing partner Ray Davis said in a statement. “Our ownership group trusts Jon’s judgment and respects his experience and skill as well as that of his baseball operations leadership team.”
Daniels never likes to use the term “rebuilding” and is wary of publicly putting a timetable on when the Rangers might be consistent contenders again.
“We’d absolutely love to be ready to really win in 2020,” Daniels said, before acknowledging that could be a stretch for their younger, talented players in the low minors.
That is the year the Rangers are scheduled to move into their new ballpark, which is under construction across the street from Globe Life Park.
When Daniels replaced John Hart after the 2005 season, he was 28 and the youngest GM ever in baseball. Daniels turns 41 on Aug. 24.