Thad Levine staying with Rangers

Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine has decided to remain with the organization. The Houston Astros had asked the Rangers for permission to talk to Levine, but he will remain in general manager Jon Daniels' front office.

"My family and I have happily decided to forego any current outside opportunities and remain part of the Texas Rangers family," Levine said through a release from the club. "We are extremely appreciative of all the opportunities that Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan and ownership have provided to us. Winning a championship and bringing it home to the Metroplex remains my singular focus."

The Astros received permission to talk with Levine this week. It's possible the 40-year-old could add farm director to his duties, though that hasn't been determined. The Rangers continue to look for a replacement to that post left vacated by Scott Servais' departure to the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month.

"Thad's a critical part of what we do and I'm glad he's not going anywhere just yet," Daniels said.

Levine was hired as assistant general manager by Daniels in October 2005, shortly after Daniels took over for John Hart as Rangers general manager. Levine has become a critical part of the baseball operations team. He has handled many contract negotiations, been involved in trade discussions, financial reviews and helped in running the everyday operations of the club from the baseball side.

He came to the Rangers after six seasons with the Colorado Rockies, which included one season of work with Daniels.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.