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November 29, 2011

Rangers prominent on a newsy Tuesday

None of the news the Rangers have been tied to Tuesday is significant, but there's no shortage of it.

*The most important has to do with assistant general manager Thad Levine. According to MLB.com, the Rangers have given the Astros permission to speak to him about their GM vacancy. Neither Levine or Rangers GM Jon Daniels have confirmed.

*Daniels, though, did confirm that the Rangers did not and will not sign right-hander Jensen Lewis to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, contrary to an ESPN report that surfaced before noon. The Diamondbacks signed him.

*Two outlets are reporting that former Astros GM Tim Purpura is a candidate to replace Scott Servais as the Rangers' director of player development. Purpura and team president Nolan Ryan have ties from Ryan's days as owner of Round Rock when it was an Astros affiliate. No word Tuesday from the Rangers on the hiring process, though Daniels said last week that internal and external candidates have been interviewed and it was just a matter of the Rangers making a decision.

*Two baseball sources have confirmed that the Rangers will add Greg Maddux to the organization, joining his big brother, pitching coach Mike Maddux. Greg Maddux, a four-time Cy Young winner, spent the past two seasons with the Cubs as a special assistant to the GM, and is expected to hold a similar role in which he spends time at spring training working with pitchers and during the season traveling throughout the organization.

-- Jeff Wilson




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