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Rangers' Yu Darvish Has Torn Ligament in Elbow

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish had an MRI that revealed partially torn ligaments in his right elbow, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Darvish first felt tightness in the elbow after throwing 12 pitches in a spring training game against the Royals.

Darvish will now take a couple days to decide whether he'll try to pitch with the elbow, shut it down for four months, or undergo Tommy John surgery.

"The concern with the first two options is, are you delaying the inevitable?" Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

This is the same elbow that bothered Darvish at the end of last season and forced him to shut down the final eight weeks of the season.

"I will be disappointed if I have to miss this season, but I want to look at all the options including getting a second opinion before I make a final decision," Darvish said in a statement Saturday. "My heart is with my teammates and our focus remains on accomplishing our goals."

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Rangers Reward GM Jon Daniels with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite a rough 2014 season, the Texas Rangers have agreed on a contract extension with general manager Jon Daniels as well as assistant general manager Thad Levine.

ESPN is reporting both deal will run through the 2018 season.

The Rangers lost 95 games in 2014, their worst mark since 2008, and was also the last time the club finished a season with a losing record.

"I think it's really a tremendous statement by ownership for all of our people, players they want to keep the group together," Daniels said in a conference call. "Thad and I are in the press release but there are a lot of other people that are going to be impacted positively through this process."

Daniels has been with the Rangers since 2005, and was named Baseball America's Major League Executive of the Year in 2010. Levin has also been with the team since 2005.

The Rangers made it to the World Series in 2010 as well as 2011.

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Rangers Hire Michael Young as Special Assistant to GM

Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Young is back with the Texas Rangers.

Young, who played 12 seasons with the Rangers, was hired as a special assistant to general manager John Daniels, the team announced Wednesday.

"Michael will be a significant asset to our baseball operations group in a variety of areas," Daniels said in a statement. "He has already been involved in our major league managerial search and player discussions this fall. I look forward to working with him as we prepare and plan for 2015."

Young, a career .300 hitter, played all but one of his 13 big league seasons with the Rangers. He finished his career in Texas as the team's all-time leader in games played (1,823), runs (1,085), hits (2,230), doubles (415), and triples (55).

Young played the final games of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 before rejoining the Rangers to retire.

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Rangers Introduce Jeff Banister

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers introduced new manager Jeff Banister on Friday.

Banister was named manager on Thursday and takes over a team that finished 67-95 in the A.L. West.

The Houston resident's last managerial job was with Arizona's Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions in 2009. 

"I've never chased a job in my life," Banister said. "The best opportunities that come along are the ones you're not looking for. Have I prepared myself for this opportunity? Yeah. From the day I stopped playing until now, I've truly dreamed and wanted to and tried to, but I got to a point in my life that I told myself I wasn't going to chase it. If it happened, it happened. … So to say that looking for this opportunity, I'd say some of the best opportunities are ones you're not looking for. I was asked, I thought about it and said, 'What a great place.'"

Banister replaces interim manager Tim Bogar, who led the Rangers to a 14-8 record following the resignation of manager Ron Washington on Sept. 5.

"I honor everything that has been done here previously and the men that have had a vision previously," Banister said. "These men know how to win. These men know what it takes to win. Last year was, I'm assuming for everybody in that clubhouse, an unfortunate situation. There were some guys who were hurt and some things out of their control. But the beauty of last year, in my eyes, is there were some men who came up and had the opportunity to gain some valuable experience moving forward. As we all know, it's not just 25 men."

Banister spent 29 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent the last five as their bench coach.

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Padres Hire Preller as GM

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- San Diego Padres hired former assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers, A.J. Preller, as their new GM Wednesday.

Preller takes over for Josh Byrnes, who was fired in June.

"I think he'd be a tremendous hire," Rangers GM Jon Daniels said before the decision was finalized. "A great choice. He really, really kind of brings everything to the table. A tremendous talent evaluator and I think that's where a lot of the media, I've read, is focused. I think that's accurate. That's one of the more unique skills in the game. I think what that misses (is) how gifted he is kind of building a staff, hiring people, creating a philosophy and getting everyone to buy in and feel good about it. He's done a tremendous job here in the various departments he's run."

The 36-year-old Preller becomes the Padres' fourth general manager since 2009.

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Prince Fielder Facing Season-Ending Surgery 

John Williamson/Getty Images(DETROIT) --  If the Texas Rangers are going to contend in the American League this season, they may have to do it without slugger Prince Fielder in the fold.

Fielder is expected to have season-ending fusion surgery next week to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

The 30-year-old Fielder visited with spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett on Thursday morning after his symptoms got progressively worse.  It was recommended that Fielder have surgery to take care of the problem. If he decides to have it, there's a three-to-four-month recovery period that would end the Ranger's 2014 season.

Fielder received a nerve-root injection over the weekend and took a few days to rest.  He was expected to return to the lineup at the beginning of the week, but he was scratched from Tuesday's game after he said he felt some weakness in his left arm while trying to hit in the batting cages.

Before the injection, Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors at the time. He was batting .247 with three homers and 16 RBIs before the injury.

The Rangers acquired Fielder in an offseason trade from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

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Washington Gets Extension from Rangers

Harry How/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year extension with manager Ron Washington on Monday, keeping the skipper in Arlington through the 2015 season.

"This was a foregone conclusion, certainly in my mind and in the Rangers' mind going forward," said Rangers General Manager and President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. "This is the guy that has been our leader through a lot of tremendous times, our field leader, and it's been a partnership from day one."

Washington has led the franchise to back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, which also included two American League West Division titles. The 61-year-old has won more games, 611, than any other manager in Rangers history.

Washington joined Texas in 2006 after a near decade as the third-base coach in Oakland. Entering his eighth season, Washington is the fourth-longest tenured skipper among active managers.

"All I've ever wanted to do was just go out there and try to be the best I can for the organization and for my players," said Washington. "It was never an issue for me. My focus was where it was supposed to be, on the field and in the clubhouse, and trying to do the best job we can."

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Andrus Officially Signs 8-Year Extension with Rangers

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus signed a eight-year, $120 million contract extension with the Texas Rangers Thursday.

Andrus has played his entire MLB career for the Rangers. He has played in two World Series but never won one.

I love to play here," Andrus said. "This is my family. I'm not going to rest and sleep until I get that World Series ring."
The contract will keep the 24-year-old Andrus, who was signed through the 2014 season,  in Texas through at least 2018. Andrus can then opt-out of his contract at the end of the '18 season or the '19 season. If he chooses to stay after '19, Andrus will be with the team until '22. The unusual clause is there to give Andrus the option of becoming a free agent before he's 30.
"You don't get too many star-caliber, homegrown 24-year-old players that are going to have the options he's going to have when he hits free agency. So we were willing to do something we don't normally do," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.
Andrus is in his fifth major league season. During that time he has hit .275, scored 343 runs and stole 123 bases.

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Rangers Not Happy With Hamilton's Word Choice

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will be a free agent at the end of the 2012 season.  Before Spring Training started he addressed the situation by saying he doesn't think he owed the Rangers a hometown discount.

On Wednesday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels spoke with ESPN Dallas 103.3 about those comments.

"I still don't like the choice of words because it has a bad connotation, leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth," Daniels said. "But I think hearing it in context, and then hearing it with what he followed up with, I understand a little bit of what he was trying to get across. I don't think I would've phrased it that way."

Shortly after making his initial statements, Hamilton clarified them by saying he owes the Rangers all his effort and focus for 2012 and added the first call he would make if he did reach free agency would be to the Rangers.

Daniels reaffirmed the organization's commitment to try and keep the slugger in Texas for awhile.

"No doors have been closed, we're still going to keep talking," Daniels said.

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