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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) — The Texas Rangers have announced multi-year extensions with President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels and Assistant General Manager Thad Levine.
No further terms of the deal were released, but a source tells the Dallas Morning News that the extension is for three years (through 2018).
“Getting our baseball leadership secured for the foreseeable future was a top priority this offseason and very important for the continuity of the organization,” commented Rangers Co-Chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. “Under Jon’s and Thad’s leadership, the Rangers have created a strong overall organization that has combined major league success with a productive scouting and player development operation over a number of years. Jon and Thad are skilled executives who are well respected around the game and completely committed to once again delivering a winning team for our fans.”
Daniels joined the organization in 2002 and was appointed the 8th GM in club history in October 2005 at the age of 28. In March 2013, he was promoted to President of Baseball Operations.
Levine was named Assistant GM in October 2005 after six seasons with the Rockies.
Both were in place as the Rangers made their only World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
In the last five years, Texas has advanced to the postseason three times and accumulated a .539 (437-374) winning percentage — the 6th best in baseball in that span.
In 2014, the Rangers finished last in the AL West at 67-95, their fewest wins in a full season since 1985.
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