Rangers discussing long-term contract with GM Jon Daniels

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The Rangers are 33 1/2 games behind the Angels in the American League West with a record of 53-89 and could very well wind up with their first 100-loss season since 1973. But the failures of this 2014 club have largely been injury-related and the foundation of the organization is still strong, so there is talk of keeping the front office intact for years to come.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has the report …

While neither ownership nor president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels commented on the matter, a major league source said recently that the Rangers have begun the process of discussing a long-term contract extension. Other baseball officials have said that if the Rangers aren’t already doing so, it makes sense to start quickly.

The reasoning: With as much as the Rangers have lost in staffing in the last year and with as much work as there is to do over the winter, it is essential to have stability at the top. If anything, the abrupt resignation of manager Ron Washington only further emphasized that need.

Grant believes Daniels might eventually move into a team president role, with current assistant general manager Thad Levine likely serving as his successor. Levine has been connected to multiple GM openings around Major League Baseball over the past couple of years and the Rangers don’t want to lose him.