For many Texas Rangers fans, there hasn’t been a bigger scapegoat to blame for all the organization’s failures over the last decade than President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels.
The hate, honestly, is unmerited. Daniels has presided over the most successful era of Texas Rangers baseball EVER. Building a top-ranked farm system in 2009. Back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. Playoffs in 2012, 2015 and 2016. Bringing in Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish as free agents.
Sure, there have been plenty of failures over the years, but one thing you can never argue about Jon Daniels, love him or hate him, is that the Rangers have never been better in their existence since he became then-baseball’s youngest GM back in 2005.
But could many Texas Rangers fans finally get the departure they’ve been wishing for? According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, it’s at least a possibility.
It’s possible Jon Daniels could leave the Texas Rangers for the Mets in the off-season
The New York Mets could be a fit for Jon Daniels, given that he was born and raised in Queens. Presiding over his hometown baseball franchise could very well be a dream gig for the much-maligned Rangers executive.
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The Mets are also, of course, a mess and owned by billionaire Steve Cohen who is surely looking to enact sweeping changes and clean house this off-season. So naturally, Cohen would want a seasoned baseball executive with experience building up a contender to run the new operation along with current President Sandy Alderson.
Jon Daniels definitely fits that criteria. He built World Series teams in Arlington and he’s in the process of building the Rangers up again this season, in tandem with new GM Chris Young.
Young, who was close to being the Mets’ GM this off-season, is likely being groomed to be Daniels’ eventual successor in Texas.
A big question looming over this speculation is whether the Texas Rangers would actually let Daniels interview with the Mets, given ownership’s strong relationship and trust in its President of Baseball Operations. I don’t see why not, and with a big field of candidates for the Mets, it’s far from a sure thing Daniels ends up getting the job.
But again, the possibility does at least seem to exist that Daniels could depart the Texas Rangers for “greener” pastures this off-season. However, he does have an ongoing rebuild project here, which makes you wonder if perhaps Daniels would like to see this through before leaving and doing the same for another organization.