The Texas Rangers are beginning the offseason by locking up two key members of their front office. The timing may seem odd following a terrible, injury wrecked season in which Texas went 67-95, but the two have guided the Rangers to become a very successful baseball team ever since 2005.
General manager Jon Daniels and his assistant Thad Levine have signed three-year contract extensions with the club, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports on Twitter. They were both under contract through 2015. Ron Washington stepped down from the managerial job late in the season and the Rangers have chose Pirates coach Jeff Banister as their new head coach.
A baseball source says that Jon Daniels and Thad Levine have signed three-year contract extensions with #Rangers.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) November 14, 2014
“I think it’s really a tremendous statement by ownership for all of our people, players they want to keep the group together,” Daniels said in a conference call with the Rangers’ beat writers. “Thad and I are in the press release but there are a lot of other people that are going to be impacted positively through this process.”
Daniels has been the team’s GM since 2005 after spending six seasons with the Colorado Rockies and was named Baseball America’s Major League Executive of the Year in 2010.
Levine, who took the role of assistant GM with Rangers in 2005, is also another respected man in baseball. He was considered for the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ GM job this offseason, though he decided to drop out of the opportunity.