Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward has signed a contract extension with the club, the team announced today. Woodward, who was under contract for the 2022 season, has had his contract extended through 2023, with a club option for 2024.
I am fairly agnostic about Woodward, though I know that there are a lot of fans who want to see him gone, and I’m sure those of you who don’t want him here are reacting negatively to this news. That being said, as a practical matter, it is generally not a good idea to have your manager entering his walk year, so an extension seemed like an inevitability. If anything, an extension through 2023 with a club option for 2024 seems like a less than ringing endorsement for Woodward, and suggests the team is keeping their options open for the future.
Woodward is currently sixth all time in games managed by a Ranger manager, trailing Ron Washington, Bobby Valentine, Johnny Oates, Buck Showalter and Jeff Banister.