Amid a disappointing 2022 season after spending big money to upgrade their roster last offseason, the Texas Rangers continue to clean house with Jon Daniels the latest person to be let go.
The Rangers announced Wednesday that Daniels has been fired as president of baseball operations. General manager Chris Young will take over his role.
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Wednesday's announcement comes two days after the Rangers parted ways with manager Chris Woodward.
The Rangers were one of the most aggressive teams in Major League Baseball when it came to spending over the winter. They handed out contracts totaling $556 million to sign Corey Seager (10 years, $325 million), Marcus Semien (seven years, $175 million) and Jon Gray (four years, $56 million).
It seemed like a sound strategy to accelerate the franchise's return to postseason contention. They finished with a sub-.400 winning percentage in each of the previous two seasons, including a 60-102 record in 2021.
"We've been very transparent," Young told reporters in December when the Rangers introduced their free-agent signings. "We were a 102-loss team. We haven't run from that. But we have a vision, we have a plan and this is how we're going to accomplish it. 'Does this scare you? Do you want to be part of this? Do you want to do something special that's never been done in Texas Ranger history?'
"We knew the answer with these players before we asked the question. And that's part of the process for us identifying the right people to help turn this organization around.”
Seager and Gray have played well this season, though maybe not up to the full potential based on the deals they signed. Seager leads the team with 26 homers and was named to the American League All-Star team. Gray has a 3.83 ERA and is averaging a career-high 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings, but he's currently on the injured list with a strained oblique.
Semien has been a huge disappointment with a .236/.294/.403 slash line in 115 games. He finished third in AL MVP voting twice in the previous three seasons and hit a career-high 45 homers for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021.
The Rangers have played better overall in 2022 than in recent years, but their 52-64 record is still 9.5 games behind the Blue Jays for the final playoff spot in the AL.
Daniels has worked in Texas' front office since 2002. He became the youngest general manager in MLB history (28 years old) when the Rangers promoted him to the job after John Hart stepped down in October 2005.
The Rangers added the title of president of baseball operations to Daniels' résumé in March 2013. Young came on board as general manager and executive vice president in December 2020.