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Would Jon Daniels jump ship to the Mets?

Aug 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

As Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reminded us last month, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has the ability to opt out of his contract after the season in the event of new ownership.

Now that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan have landed the team, Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com asked Daniels if he has any intention to use his out-clause. Predictably, he isn’t saying much.

Q: There’s been talk about your contract and the opportunity to opt out. Do you want to stay here?

Daniels: I’ve been pretty clear on that point. I
couldn’t imagine a better situation as far as quality of people that I
have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis and a community that
my family and I really like. I’m sure at some point I’ll get the
opportunity to talk about it, but that’s the farthest thing from my
mind.

The other day I was directed to a very interesting piece by Mike Hindman of Baseball Time in Arlington, a fantastic blog on all things Texas Rangers. This was posted before Ryan and Greenberg submitted the winning bid — so please take that into account — but Hindman presented a scenario where Daniels, who grew up as a Mets fan, would leave Texas, even if Ryan and Greenberg walked away with the team. The guys at BBTiA are bright and well-connected in the Rangers organization, so the possibility cannot be ignored.  

We’re hearing a lot about Fred Wilpon hinting that Omar Minaya will be back as general manager of the Mets next season, but he simply didn’t say that. In fact, I’m not sure what he said yesterday means anything whatsoever. If Daniels becomes available, the Mets should absolutely listen.   

  1. YankeesfanLen - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    For the Metrpolitans this would obviously be a big step up. But for Jon Daniels it seems like the upside to stay with the Rangers during a time that they’ve come together and can now be a force in the AL West for years, would make the decision almost a no-brainer.
    Go for the glory where you’re at, Jon

  2. BC - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Yes!!! Please! Oh yes!!!

  3. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:17 AM

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  4. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Don’t be fooled by negative feedback and expensive imitations! Only the BC method of psychokinesis, learned at home in your spare time, can probably transform your fond yearnings ectoplasmically efficacious.

  5. YankeesfanLen - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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  6. BC - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    I’d sacrifice a chicken if it meant Minaya got his walking papers.

  7. JBerardi - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Kinda hard to see Daniels leaving just as years of rebuilding finally begin to pay dividends for him in Texas.

  8. JBerardi - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    I’d sacrifice a chicken if it meant lunch. Which it does.

  9. Simon DelMonte - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Haven’t we all learned the lessons of Moneyball? No more sacrifices.
    The chicken will draw a walk.

  10. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    I recommend the lemon pepper roasted chicken at Publix. It’s already been sacrificed.

  11. Buccofan - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Why a chicken? Why not a duck?

  12. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    This sage meditation on chickens and chickenliness, not to mention sacrifice and despair, was penned back in 1997 by Christian (The Heretic) Kiefer, singer-songwriter from Grass Valley, CA, in response to the question: How would Cormac McCarthy have addressed the philosophical problem of “why did the chicken cross the road”?
    It moved to come out of its own dark and manifold despair. For what crazed, chickenly beast lopes across this same mineral waste towards the reef of gray clouds in the west? Stopping at the edge of the black asphalt, it stared for a long time at its own face reflected back to it in a puddle of rainwater: chicken and anti-chicken. Beside the water, it pressed its clawed footprint into the mud. Then it paused and waited for moment. At last clawed its image out again. Beyond the road, the wiry breaks of mesquite fell into the wild open country to the south. For there were other chickens there and it knew it and would join them in running down through the white mountains in search of seed. And after a time the road would fade from it and become distant and at last disappear entire, that crossing ceasing as a line of demarcation and becoming instead simply a line. As if in becoming a line such concerns of existence and destiny were removed and it rose instead as the Godhead itself. And then it would be wideopen and moving through the mesquite and the raw gray mountains. And it would pour into that roadway every word it had every thought to say about seed. And who could say it had not crossed the road?

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