Rangers' Jon Daniels to sign through '15
PHOENIX -- The Texas Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will take him through the 2015 season.
Named the Baseball America Major League Executive of the Year for 2010, Daniels made a flurry of trades -- including the acquisition of ace Cliff Lee -- that ultimately helped the Rangers win the American League West and advance to the organization's first World Series.
"I am appreciative of the faith that ownership has shown in our baseball leadership group," Daniels said. "We're proud of what we've accomplished to this point, but clearly we have more work to do to reach our ultimate goal. Keeping our baseball operations group together is a huge step towards that end."
Daniels, 33, enters his sixth season as the club's general manager. He is credited with overhauling the organization's minor league system which helped to land Lee as well as deliver right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz, an All-Star and American League Rookie of the Year, as well as All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus.
"We are very pleased to announce this extension with Jon," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "Jon and his baseball operations group have done an outstanding job in building an organization that will allow the Rangers to contend for postseason play year in and year out. The efforts in scouting and player development as well as sound decisions on the major league level have put our franchise in a good position. We look forward to Jon leading our baseball operation for many years to come."
Daniels joined the Rangers organization in 2002 as a baseball operations assistant. He was promoted to director of baseball operations in October 2003 and assistant general manager in July 2004.
At the time of his appointment as general manager, Daniels was 28 years, 41 days old, the youngest general manager in the history of the majors.
In November, the Rangers extended manager Ron Washington two years through 2012 after guiding the team to the World Series in the final year of his deal.
"He's meant everything to me. I'm a big-league manager because of Jon Daniels," Washington said. "Believing in me and I believe in him and him getting that security and continuing to guide this organization in the direction we're going in is huge. It was just a matter of time and it couldn't happen to a better man."
Jeff Caplan covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.