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Rosenthal: Daniels can opt out if ownership changes

Ken Rosenthal has a new column up that deals with the ongoing Rangers' ownership drama, and the most interesting part is the news that Jon Daniels has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out of his current deal should there be an ownership change:

The Rangers’ mess could cost them their general manager.

Jon Daniels, the Texas GM, can opt out of his contract after this season if the team changes owners, major-league sources say.

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Daniels, 32, is signed through 2011. He almost certainly would be in demand if he left the Rangers, who lead the AL West by 5½ games even though their $55.2 million Opening Day payroll was the fourth-lowest in the game.

The Diamondbacks are searching for a new GM, and the Cubs are among the other teams that could make a change. Daniels would be free to leave if Crane or someone else became owner, or if MLB took control of the club.

Daniels goes on to say he's not even thinking about this, he's happy with Texas, his family loves it here, etc. etc. etc.

But it is just something to keep in mind as this progresses.