Jon Daniels has earned another go at it
It’s safe to say Jon Daniels got a little too trigger happy in the following years after the back-to-back World Series appearances. His eyes got real big and that led to short-term acquisitions and, as a result, he shipped away an absurd amount of young arms. Hence, the crazy number of pitchers the Texas Rangers drafted just a week ago.
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General Managers make mistakes, that’s the nature of the business. He’s made his fair share of mistakes, but he’s also GM’d the team to great success. It just so happens the success is the part in the past. The extension will give Daniels another go at turning a rebuilding project into World Series runs. He already turned the team from bad to great once, why wouldn’t he be able to do it again?
The difference is he is no longer a young GM that is testing his capabilities. Ownership will give him one last chance to work his 2006-2012 magic. If he can’t get the Texas Rangers into playoff shape over the next three years, then it may be time to move on.
As for this moment, extending him was the right move. He is capable of being a top GM in baseball. He just has to learn from his mistakes and move forward.