Texas Rangers rumors: Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers’ general manager and president of baseball operations, has signed a contract extension with the team, according to the beat guys on Twitter. Daniels has been the team’s general manager since the end of the 2005 season, when he replaced John Hart.
Daniels current contract was up at the end of the 2018 season, though the indications all offseason had been that a deal to extend him would get done. No word yet on the terms of the deal.
While there is a vocal faction of the fans and media who want the Rangers to move on from Jon Daniels, saying the team’s current state is indicative of a need for a change, Daniels has been, without question, the best general manager in team history. From 2010-16, the Rangers made it past 162 games six times, winning four division titles and advancing to the World Series twice. Just simply based on the way MLB is structured in regards to talent acquisition, it is exceedingly difficult to keep a championship window open in perpetuity, and the Rangers are now having to rebuild after almost a decade of making primarily win-now moves.
Daniels will now get an opportunity to see if he can get the Rangers back to the top of the American League again.