Jon Daniels Contract Extended by Texas Rangers


The Texas Rangers have reportedly extended the contracts of general manager Jon Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that the two contract extensions happened sometime in the past two weeks. The length and amounts are also unknown at this time. Jon Daniels became general manager in October 2005, and Thad Levine was also named assistant general manager in 2005.

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This really should come as no surprise to Rangers fans. As much criticism Jon Daniels receives he deserves just as much, if not more credit for a lot of the recent success the Texas Rangers have enjoyed. Under Daniels’ direction the Rangers have made it to three playoffs, back-to-back World Series trips, and four consecutive winnings seasons.

In 2007 Jon Daniels made two impactful trades that lead to the Texas Rangers acquiring Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, David Murphy and Engel Beltre. In 2008 JD traded Edison Volquez for Josh Hamilton. Even though some of the trades, at the time, seemed questionable there is no denying that without these key players the Texas Rangers would never have seen a dominate playoff run, much less two World Series visits.

I’m neither for or against Jon Daniels. Just like any fan I don’t always see eye-to-eye with the moves JD makes, but that doesn’t necessarily they are the wrong moves. Baseball is a business and if the Texas Rangers ownership has faith in Jon Daniels’ long-term vision to extend his contract then I have to believe that JD’s plan is a good one. One that will have the Texas Rangers back in contention. With a new manager, coaches, and front office staff Jon Daniels should have most, if not all, of the pieces in place to give Texas Rangers fans want they want very soon: A WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE