The Texas Rangers and long time General Manager, Jon Daniels, have agreed to a multi-year extension on Thursday.
The Rangers have extended long time GM, Jon Daniels to a multi-year deal reported by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. No additional terms of the contract have been released.
This comes just one day after the conclusion of the 2018 MLB Draft that saw Texas seemingly commit to a rebuild by taking 27 pitchers in the 40 rounds. This decision comes with some controversy as a number of fans are calling for Jon Daniels to be fired in the wake of a poor 2018 campaign. Ownership seemed fully behind the move in a statement made by Ray Davis.
Jon Daniels is the longest serving General Manager of the Texas Rangers after taking over at just 28 years old. Now 40, he’s helped guide the Rangers to four AL West titles as well as two trips to the World Series, the only appearances in Rangers’ history.
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With the Rangers expected to be sellers in the looming trade market, we’ll get to see first hand how the newly extended GM and the rest of the front office chooses to approach this rebuild. After an accomplished draft and an already improving core of young, talented players, it may not be long until Texas is ready to compete with some of the best again. Until then, expect fans to show their displeasure with the decision for an extension.
The Rangers currently sit at 27-37 and are at the bottom of the AL West standings. Perhaps a hopeful sign, Texas has only lost one of their past five series going 9-7 in the span. Texas will face the Houston Astros in a series starting Thursday night.