SURPRISE, Ariz. -- This just in: The contract extension for Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is still not done.Club president Nolan Ryan said it will get worked out. He made it clear the club does not want to lose Daniels. But the general manager's current contract runs out after the season and an extension that has been talked about since Daniels was named 2010 Executive of the Year during the playoffs last season has not been completed. "It's getting worked out," Ryan said. "I'm not going to tell you that it's going to get worked out this week, but it will get done. You get down here and one thing leads to another. We have a board meeting tomorrow and when you come to the ballpark, there is always something that needs to be addressed.
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"But I have all the confidence in the world that it will get done."This is a turbulent time for the general manager. Daniels was named Executive of the Year for building a team that went to the World Series for the first time in franchise history last year. But the offseason didn't go as smoothly and Daniels was clearly the object of infielder Michael Young's displeasure in the weeks before Spring Training. Daniels was the one who asked Young to move from third base to designated hitter so that the Rangers could sign Adrian Beltre as a free agent. Young initially agreed to the switch at the beginning of the new year, and the Beltre signing was announced on Jan 5. But over the next three weeks, the relationship between Young and the club disintegrated to the point where the player asked to be traded. The Rangers tried but couldn't work out a deal. Young reported to camp on time and has not said anything further about the trade request. He said he is focused on preparing for the season. But the rift between Young and Daniels remains tangible within the atmosphere of Rangers camp. Ryan said the situation has nothing to do with why Daniels' extension has not been completed. "I don't look at J.D. that way," Ryan said. "There are always management issues with players when things don't go to everybody's liking. But I don't put any emphasis on that. I look at the overall picture. "To me, you look at the commitment made in 2007 as far as development and going with young players, staying the course and supplementing that in areas where we need to improve the ballclub, I think he has done a great job." While Daniels' situation remains unresolved, he said the club still may explore some long-term extensions with some players before Spring Training ends. "We probably will in the next while," Daniels said. "We don't have anything at this point." There are four players of note who could be addressed. Pitcher C.J. Wilson is a free agent after this season. Club officials suggested that an extension is unlikely with Wilson at this point. Once a player gets to within one year of free agency, the idea of sacrificing that for security seems to diminish greatly. Josh Hamilton signed a two-year, $24 million contract just before Spring Training that avoided arbitration for the next two seasons. Then he can become a free agent after the 2012 season. Because the ink is barely dry on that deal, the Rangers and Hamilton's side probably aren't in a hurry to re-visit. Elvis Andrus is a two-year veteran and won't be a free agent until after the 2015 season. But the Rangers worked out multiyear deals with Ian Kinsler at a similar stage of his career that completely avoided him ever going to arbitration. Nelson Cruz has three years left before he can be a free agent. But a multiyear deal could avoid two years of arbitration. "I don't want to get into any specific situations," Daniels said. "We haven't spoke to any players or agents yet, so it's not fair to comment." Briefly: Catcher Yorvit Torrealba did not play Wednesday while nursing a stiff lower back. But the Rangers think he'll be ready to play on Thursday, and the plan is for him to catch against the Indians in Surprise. ... The Rangers have a split-squad doubleheader and the other game is against the Cubs in Mesa. Michael Young is expected to play second base in the game at Mesa. ... Brandon Webb came through Tuesday's mound session without any problems and is scheduled for another mound session on Thursday. ... Adrian Beltre (strained right calf muscle) remains limited in his running but is hitting and throwing in the batting cage.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.