Rangers GM learns from early setbacks

Rough experiences give Daniels confidence to trade Teixeira, mold club's future

Updated: March 9, 2010, 12:46 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jon Daniels knew he had a rare opportunity and needed to take advantage of it.

The Texas Rangers' general manager -- only 29 years old and in his second full season on the job -- walked into Rangers owner Tom Hicks' office and turned into a salesman.

It was May 2007, and Daniels and his staff were busy preparing for the upcoming draft and the July trade deadline. Mark Teixeira, the club's elite first baseman, wasn't likely to re-sign with the Rangers. Daniels knew ...

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