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Daniels: Rangers won't rush skipper selection

September 25, 2018

ANAHEIM -- While selecting a new manager is an early-offseason priority for Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, making an ideal hire will have the ultimate priority over rushing to make a decision.Daniels referenced Tuesday his long to-do list for the winter, chief among it finding starting pitching, along with finding

ANAHEIM -- While selecting a new manager is an early-offseason priority for Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, making an ideal hire will have the ultimate priority over rushing to make a decision.
Daniels referenced Tuesday his long to-do list for the winter, chief among it finding starting pitching, along with finding the person who will set the rotation and pencil in the lineups every day.
After cutting ties with Jeff Banister on Friday, a list of managerial candidates has been created but is not set by any means.
"And that list might change before we talk to anybody; I would expect it will," Daniels said, offering no details as to who might be on that list. "We've been contacted by quite a few folks. We're trying to be very open-minded and not have any pre-conceived notions."
Daniels insisted there were no names on a list when Banister was relieved of his duties.
While an early-November announcement on a new manager would seem to work best, once baseball has crowned a champion, Daniels won't lock himself into a timetable.
"We're going to continue to do everything else we need to do this winter," Daniels said. "Would I like to have the manager piece lined up before we do any of it? Sure. But we're not going to put other things on hold. We will go about the process and make a decision in whatever timetable that requires."
The Rangers interviewed eight candidates before hiring Banister prior to the 2015 season. And while the number this time around might not be the same, the steps the front office made then likely will be repeated.
"I was proud of our process last time," Daniels said. "Just about all the finalists managed postseason teams, and they were all first-time guys. We did a god job identifying strong candidates, and I think we made a good decision. [Banister] did a great job here. The circumstances have changed."
Minor shut down for season
Mike Minor has done enough, the Rangers decided Tuesday, and the left-hander will not be asked to pitch again this season. The decision ends a successful season for Minor, who showed value as a starting pitcher once again.
Minor finished 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA over 28 starts with Texas, spanning 157 innings.

"I feel pretty good and can make my next start if I wanted to, or if they wanted me to, or if they needed me to," Minor said. "If we were in a different situation right now, it wouldn't be a problem."
The Rangers kept Minor's innings low all season as a precautionary measure. He went seven full innings just four times and threw 100 pitches in a start just three times.
Rangers beat
• Interim manager Don Wakamatsu announced the rotation for the final five games of the season starting Wednesday at Anaheim: Yohander Mendez, Ariel Jurado, Martin Perez, Adrian Sampson and Yovani Gallardo will close out the year at Seattle.
Jurickson Profar needs one home run to produce just the 13th season of 20 or more home runs from a switch-hitter in Rangers history, and the first since Milton Bradley hit 22 home runs in 2008.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Anaheim.