The Texas Rangers have made their first splash of the 2021 offseason. It was announced on Friday afternoon that the Rangers have signed manager Chris Woodward to a contract extension that runs through 2023. The deal includes a club option for the 2024 season. He had been signed with the Rangers through 2022 prior to this new development. The 2022 campaign will be his fourth season at the helm of the Rangers.
Good for Texas
Woodward has certainly been busy getting his feet wet over the last three years in Arlington. While he has a talented bunch, he hasn’t exactly had a World Series-caliber team handed to him. His career record as the Texas Rangers’ manager currently sits at 160–224. He did what he could with the team in 2021. They finished the season at 60–102. Not exactly ideal, but there are times in baseball where you have no choice but to work with what you’ve got. Despite the circumstances, Woodward has maintained his composure.
Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels is excited to have Woodward back in the fold. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Woody, and we are all committed to a shared vision for the direction of the ball club. He has helped to lay the foundation of our culture here at the Rangers, and we feel confident in his leadership abilities moving forward.” For the foreseeable future, Woodward appears to be the Rangers’ guy. Fans are hoping that good things are coming.
Since the end of the 2021 season, the Rangers have stated on more than one occasion that they are going to be major players in free agency over the winter. They have been linked to Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. Story was born in Irving, Texas, so it makes sense that he would be interested in coming to play for his hometown Rangers. It’s a long time until the Rangers take on the New York Yankees in their home opener on March 31st. A lot could happen roster-wise up until then.
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