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September 17, 2013

Jon Daniels: "Full expectation" is for Ron Washington to return to Rangers in 2014

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels called the talk about manager Ron Washington's job security a distraction, and said that there has been no talk about firing him at the end of the season.

"There's no substance to it," Daniels said  Tuesday. "It's something we haven't discussed."

Daniels is the second Rangers executive in two days to back Washington. On Monday, team CEO Nolan Ryan told ESPN-Dallas that he doesn't expect that Washington will be fired.

Washington said on ESPN-Dallas radio earlier Tuesday that "I'm concerned about my job," but that he meant it in the context that "everyone who has a job should be concerned about their job," he said at Tropicana Field. He ended the radio interview with "I'm not concerned about my job."

Other than that, he said he didn't want to give the storyline emerging from the interview any more legs.

Daniels, who doesn't like to speak in absolutes, went as far as he would go to say the manager will be back in 2014.

"My full expectation is he will be," Daniels said. "My full expectation is that I will be. Beyond that, we'll discuss everything in the off-season."

-- Jeff Wilson



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