The architect of the best Texas Rangers team in franchise history was named Baseball America's Executive of the year on Wednesday. Jon Daniels, Texas' general manager, was praised by Baseball America for his ability to build a pennant winning team while dealing with financial constraints.â†µ
Five years ago, Jon Daniels became the youngest general manager in the history of the game. He quickly was thrown into the fire, as his teams posted losing records over his first four seasons and he traded away Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young for little return.Daniels has emerged unscathed, as he not only rebuilt the Rangers into American League champions, but also did a masterful job of pushing for a pennant while saddled with the constraints of a team in bankruptcy.â†µ
For those reasons, Daniels is Baseball America's 2010 Major League Executive of the Year.â†µ
The article goes on and talks about Daniels' moves as general manager that helped shift the organization to where it is today, including talking about the Mark Teixeira trade as well as the acquisition of reliever Alexi Ogando.â†µ
Daniels is faced with a difficult offseeason currently, all of which hinges on where Cliff Lee will decide to pitch next year. Should Lee sign elsewhere, Daniels will have to decide whether or not Zack Greinke is worth trading Jurickson Profar, Martin Perez and Engle Beltre for - or if the Rangers should pursue other, cheaper options such as Matt Garza.â†µ
No matter what happens over the next two weeks with Daniels and the Rangers, there is no denying that Daniels deserved to be named Executive of the Year for 2010.