2012 Rangers timeline: Early offseason
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"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.
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. 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.
AP Photo/ Richard W. RodriguezCloser Joe Nathan's two-year deal with the Rangers moved Neftali Feliz to the rotation.
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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