The Rangers have officially named Michael Young as special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. It is a title that Ivan Rodriguez, Darren Oliver and Greg Maddux hold. But Young has already taken an active role in the organization and was among the club officials who interviewed managerial candidates in October. This is not going to be a ceremonial position.
the Rangers weren’t able to reach a quick agreement with free agent pitcher Colby Lewis. He has told the Rangers that he intends to test the market. The Rangers are holding open the door for his possible return but he will be free to talk money with other teams as early as Tuesday.
The Rangers have made an opening offer to free agent pitcher Colby Lewis and are awaiting feedback from his agent Alan Nero. One factor in the negotiations is Nero also represents manager Joe Maddon, who has opted out of his contract with the Rays, is also a free agent and has become the hottest topic in baseball during the World Series.
The Rangers desire to get something done with Lewis reflects their determination to address the starting rotation as the top priority this winter. The Rangers are also engaging a number of teams in trade discussions concerning starting pitching.
Although this is a deep free agent class for starting pitching – a list that includes Jon Lester, James Shields and Max Scherzer – the Rangers are more likely to explore the trade market rather than spend big money on the free agent market.
The Rangers other priority is to fill out their coaching staff. On Friday the Rangers are expected to announce at least some positions including the return of pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Dave Magadan. The Rangers are also expected to announce the promotion of Steve Buechele to bench coach and Hector Ortiz as the catching instructor to replace Bengie Molina, who is not expected to return.
Hitting coach Dave Magadan is expected to be back with the Rangers. The club has not officially announced that yet but those are the indications under a solar eclipse. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he is no longer a candidate in Oakland..
Interim manager Tim Bogar is not returning to the Rangers. That was the conclusion after Bogar talked with GM Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister
The Rangers have officially announced Jeff Banister as their new manager
He will be introduced at a press conference on Friday
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club vetted over 40 names before selecting eight to interview. He said 12 club officials participated in the interview process.
Daniels said Banister “won the job” rather than anybody else lost it.
“What stood out is his presence,” Daniels said. “He is an impressive guy to meet. You can understand how he can command a room.”
The next step is set the coaching staff. Third base coach Gary Pettis has taken a job with the Astros.
Other coaches will meet with Banister including Tim Bogar and pitching coach Mike Maddux. Hitting coach Dave Magadan is interviewing with the Yankees and Mets.
Daniels said Banister will not have to keep any coaches he doesn’t want. Daniels will also have a say in the coaching staff.