ARLINGTON — The Rangers parted ways with president of baseball operations Jon Daniels on Wednesday, effective immediately.
General manager Chris Young will inherit all duties, including oversight of all aspects of the Rangers’ baseball operations department, the club said in a press release. The move comes just two days after Texas relieved manager Chris Woodward of his duties following a 51-63 start to the season.
Daniels joined the Rangers’ baseball operations department in 2002 and he was named the team’s general manager on Oct. 4, 2005. He added the title of president of baseball operations in March 2013.
Daniels overlooks the most successful stretch in franchise history, which included American League pennants in 2010 and ’11, as well as additional AL West titles in ’15 and ’16. Even so, the Rangers are in the midst of their sixth straight losing season, including last-place finishes in ’20 and ’21.
“Jon’s accomplishments in his 17 years running our baseball operations department have been numerous,” said Rangers majority owner Ray Davis. “He and his staff put together the best teams in this franchise’s history that resulted in five playoff appearances and two American League pennants between 2010 and 2016. His impact on the growth of our player development, scouting and analytics groups has been immense. Jon has always had the best interests of the Rangers’ organization in mind on and off the field and in the community.
“But the bottom line is we have not had a winning record since 2016, and for much of that time, have not been competitive in the AL West division. While I am certain we are heading in the right direction, I feel a change in the leadership of the baseball operations department will be beneficial going forward.”
Young was hired in December 2020 as the general manager to work alongside Daniels. The two have worked side-by-side over the last year and half to lead the Rangers’ front office.
“Chris Young is one of the top young baseball executives in the business, and in his 21 months on the job, has brought welcome energy and new ideas to the organization,” Davis said. “I am confident in Chris’ ability to lead our baseball operations with the goal of producing a consistent winner on the field.”