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November 03, 2008

Coaching staff completed

The Rangers have added Mike Maddux as pitching coach and Andy Hawkins as bullpen coach to complete Ron Washington's coaching staff for the 2009 season.

Maddux turned down an offer from the Brewers to join the Rangers, who gave him a two-year pact with a club option. Terms weren't disclosed, but some at the general managers meetings in Dana Point, Calif., suggested Maddux will be around $600,000. He won't be the highest-paid pitching coach in baseball, but he's in the top tier.

"This wasn't an area where we wanted to cut corners," general manager Jon Daniels said at the St. Regis Resort. "This was an area as an organization that we felt was a critical hire. We reached a number we thought was fair."

Hawkins will remain with the club after finishing 2008 as the pitching coach. He has a familiarity with the team that Maddux, who has spent his career in the National League, doesn't have.

So, the staff looks like this:

Ron Washington, manager; Jackie Moore, bench coach; Mike Maddux, pitching coach; Rudy Jaramillo, hitting coach; Gary Pettis, first-base coach; Dave Anderson, third-base coach/fielding instructor; Andy Hawkins, bullpen coach.

General manager Jon Daniels said Moore will work with the catchers with an occasional assist from Scott Servais, the former big-league catcher who serves as the director of player development.

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