2012 Rangers timeline: Early offseason

October, 8, 2012
10/08/12
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Now that the Texas Rangers have ended the 2012 season, let's take a look back at the past 11 months, starting with the moment the 2011 season ended in late October. Here is October and November, 2011:

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Oct. 30: Rangers players clean out their lockers in Arlington and try to move on after difficult GameS 6 and 7 of the World Series in St. Louis.

"We appreciate what we've done and we're happy and blessed, but at the same time it's a letdown to lose," Rangers left-hander Derek Holland said. "We made it for a second year in a row and we didn't get the job done. We feel like we let ourselves down, our fans down, Texas down. We had the team to do it."

Oct. 31: The club exercises the option on Colby Lewis’ contract, meaning the veteran returns for the 2012 season at $3.25 million. He has been the club’s top postseason pitcher the last two years. The club also picks up the 2012 option on Yoshinori Tateyama’s contract.

Nov. 1: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre wins a Gold Glove for his work defensively. It’s his third Gold Glove.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireMike Maddux (center) drew interest from the Cubs and Red Sox about their managerial vacancies following the Rangers' second straight World Series appearance.
Nov. 3: Rangers announce plans to make renovations to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, including reconfiguring the visitor’s bullpen and building a new area in the outfield. The club grants the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs permission to talk to pitching coach Mike Maddux about their managerial openings. Michael Young wins the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

Nov. 4: Scott Servais leaves the Rangers to become assistant GM, scouting and player development, with the Angels.

Nov. 7: The Rangers say they are investigating a leak of Rangers manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series. They eventually find out who leaked the recording; that employee is no longer with the club. Maddux withdraws from the Red Sox search.

Nov. 10: The club announces that the broadcast teams that finished the 2011 season will be back for 2012 -- Dave Barnett and Tom Grieve in the TV booth and Eric Nadel and Steve Busby in the radio booth.

Nov. 11: Josh Hamilton has hernia surgery. He had torn adductors and played through the pain during the postseason.

Nov. 15: C.J. Wilson finishes sixth in the Cy Young voting, which was won unanimously by Justin Verlander.

Nov. 18: Maddux announces he’s staying in Texas, saying his family is comfortable and loves it here.

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AP Photo/ Richard W. RodriguezCloser Joe Nathan's two-year deal with the Rangers moved Neftali Feliz to the rotation.
Nov. 21: Rangers sign closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal worth $14.5 million with a club option for a third season. The move means Neftali Feliz is headed to the starting rotation. Young finishes eighth in the AL MVP voting, which is won by Verlander.

Nov. 22: Nathan is introduced in a news conference in Arlington and says he’s healthy and excited about having a full offseason with no injury issues. He is also pleased to be closing for the two-time defending AL champs.

Nov. 28: The Milwaukee Brewers hire Johnny Narron has hitting coach. Narron was a big part of Hamilton’s support system, and the club begins a search for his replacement.

Nov. 29: The Astros ask for and are granted permission to talk to Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine about their GM opening. Greg Maddux decides to join his brother, Mike, as a consultant with the Rangers.

Nov. 30: Levine decides to stay with the Rangers. Young and Wilson win Rangers player of the year and pitcher of the year as voted by the local chapter of the BBWAA.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAL. Martin .315
HRR. Chirinos 2
RBIL. Martin 9
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .827
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23