Tag:Jon Daniels
Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:32 pm

Rangers visit Lee in Arkansas

The Cliff Lee courting continues, this time it was the Rangers who flew to Arkansas to meet with the belle of the free-agent ball, Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes .

According to Andro, Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels met with Lee for approximately two hours on Monday before Daniels went on to the general manager's meeting in Orlando.

Greenberg declined comment to Andro.

Yeah, these kind of stories are a little on the silly side, but there's no game tonight, so we've got to talk about something, right? And hey, it was all over the place when the Yankees did it, so, you know, turnabout is fair and all that noise. I mean, the Rangers are the American League champs and all.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:46 pm

Rangers could be big spenders

Cliff Lee The Rangers don't appear to be scared to spend a little money this offseason, as FoxSports.com reports ownership has approved a plan to ink both Cliff Lee and catcher Victor Martinez.

The team is prepared to increase its payroll beyond $90 million, up from $55 million on opening day of 2010.

The Rangers have $32.85 million committed to five players next season and seven eligible for arbitration. Among those, three are likely to get big raises -- likely MVP Josh Hamilton, left-hander C.J. Wilson and right fielder Nelson Cruz.

The Rangers have more money because of new ownership, a run to the World Series increasing attendance and a new 20-year television contract that begins in 2015.

While the Yankees have been overt in their recruitment of Lee, the Rangers say they're no less interested in signing the market's best starter, they're just going to do it a little more under the radar.

"I don't think there's much to say other than there isn't anything that has happened or will happen that has come as a surprise," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan .

Daniels said the team is not ignoring Lee and has spoken to all of the agents for the team's free agents.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:11 pm

Rangers to give Washington an extension

Ron Washington Ron Washington will likely get a contract extension on Thursday, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes .

The Rangers manager is expected to meet with club president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels on Thursday.

"Ron is ready to go home to New Orleans," Ryan told Sullivan. "Wed like to put it to bed before that."

That must be a nice starting point in negations for Washington, whose contract ran through this season.

Daniels is also expected to get a new deal.

"I expect them both to be back," Ryan said. "I don't see any issues. We're set up to talk to Ron tomorrow morning. J.D. and I have had a brief discussion and we agreed to wait on him until the playoffs were over. I don't see any issues with J.D. either."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:00 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:14 pm

3 Rangers face offseason questions

Cliff Lee Not sure if you've noticed this piece of news during the run-up to the World Series and during those five games, but Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee is now a free agent.

I know, you'd think someone had told you by now, but you're lucky we're here to let you in on that little secret.

Anyway, Lee said he'd "love to" return to Texas and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he'd "love to have him back."

Simple, right? Daniels sends Lee a note to check a box if he'll "go with him" and Lee wants too… thing is, there are other suitors out there and this courtship won't end quickly.

"We've tried to make it as little of a distraction as possible in talking about his free agent status, which has basically been our approach with everything, whether it's staff, contracts or player contract or whatever, we're trying to push everything on the back burner and focus on tonight's game," Daniels told the Dallas Morning News before Monday's Game 5. "But we've made it clear we'd like to have him back. I know we're not the only club that would like to have him. It's a competitive market, as it should be, and we'll see what happens."

Lee was the loser on Monday, but will be the winner in contract negotiations soon enough. He said all the right things about the Rangers, but that's what you do in this case.

"Yeah, I like this team," Lee told the Dallas Morning News . "It's a very fun team to play on. It was a very talented group of guys. I expect this team to do some really good things next year. I don't know if I'm going to be a part of it or not, to be honest with you. I would love to be, but so many things could happen, you never know."

Well, he could know, but that's a different story. You can't blame a guy for looking around when everyone wants to get his attention. The thing is, he'll have some really good teams bidding for his services.

The Yankees, of course, are a given for any player looking for a huge paycheck. And then there's the Rangers, who should be pretty good again next season.

Most of the Rangers are under contract for next season, including the rest of the rotation and the team's infield and its big bats in the outfield, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

"That’s the benefit of playing yourself into free agency: you finally get a choice in the matter of what goes on and where you’re going to be," Lee told the New York Times . "I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be fun."

The team's other question marks are Vladimir Guerrero, who owns a $9 million mutual option with the team for 2011 (with a $1 million buyout for the Rangers and none if Guerrero opts out).

"I don't know," Guerrero told MLB.com when asked if he'd return in 2011. "We'll see what happens. I like it here. This team has a good future."

The other question mark is behind the plate. Neither Bengie Molina nor Matt Treanor are signed for next season and Molina has contemplated retirement.

Molina will get a World Series ring from the Giants, but was a Ranger for the series. As for 2011, he still doesn't know.

"Right now it's probably closer to not playing than yes," Molina told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "I don't want to decide right now because then something could happen later on and I come back. I just want to spend time with my family right now -- my mom, my wife and my kids. I'll spend time and I'll make a decision."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:18 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 1:18 am

Payday on the way for Rangers' GM and manager

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington can expect new contracts after the season.

Daniels (pictured, middle) and co-owner Chuck Greenberg (pictured, left) were interviewed on KESN-FM and the Dallas Morning News transcribed the interview . When Greenberg was asked about extensions for Daniels and Washington, Greenberg said he expected to get something done after the Rangers' season is over.

"As son as the season is over, Jon, Nolan [Ryan] and I are going to sit down, it won't be a long conversation, and it's going to end very well for him," Greenberg said.

Daniels took the question about Washington: "No doubt about it, he's our manager. We weren't going to negotiation with players during the season, executives, managers during the season; we have one focus, let's win this thing and then everyone will be rewarded afterwards."

Greenberg said he's going to give Daniels the payroll to compete.

"This franchise will be ready to take its place as one of the real dynamos in baseball," Greenberg said. "We're going to give Jon the resources to try and compete like this year in and year out."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:48 pm

GM dyeing hair after Rangers win 10 in a row

Jon Daniels General manager Jon Daniels will be rocking a new hairdo shortly, as he lost a bet and must dye his hair.

"Talk about putting one's foot in their mouth," Daniels said during an ESPN Dallas chat on Thursday.

Daniels was speaking to Elvis Andrus about the young shortstop's own dyed hair and making fun of it. Andrus asked what it would take for Daniels to do his own dye job, and the GM responded that Texas had to win 10 straight games. At that point, the Rangers had just lost their previous game.

After a 13-3 victory over the Pirates Wednesday, you can consider Andrus' end of the bargain upheld. The Rangers have ripped off 10 straight wins and now stand 3 1/2 games atop the AL West ahead of the Angels.

"It's not going to be a good look," Daniels bemoaned.

-- Evan Brunell

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