Rangers' Washington not worried about contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he isn't concerned that his contract hasn't been extended past the upcoming season.

"I'm not worried about that. What I'm worried about right now is trying to help these young infielders I have here get acclimated," Washington said Tuesday during a winter camp for young players at Rangers Ballpark. "(The contract) will take care of itself."

Washington is the team's winningest manager with 611 victories over his seven seasons. He took Texas to its only two World Series in 2010 and 2011.

Texas last extended his deal in January 2012, when two years were added through 2014.

The Rangers have averaged more than 91 wins over the last five seasons. They won 91 games last season, but missed the playoffs for the first time in four years after losing the AL wild-card tiebreaker game to Tampa Bay.

General manager Jon Daniels said in October, a few days after the season ended, that he felt "as strong" as ever about Washington. The manager was hired after the 2006 season, when Daniels completed his first year as GM by firing manager Buck Showalter.

Asked in October it was a fair assumption Washington would get a contract extension, Daniels replied, "That would be my preference." He said then he hadn't yet had an opportunity to speak with ownership about that.

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