2012 Rangers timeline: Early offseason
|ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett and Jean-Jacques Taylor join Ben and Skin for a Rangers think tank.
"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.
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.
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.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.