ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was given a one-year contract extension Tuesday despite a 26-43 start that left Texas with the worst record in the major leagues.
The 29-year-old Daniels, who became the youngest GM in major league history when he replaced John Hart in October 2005, now has a contract through 2009.
Going into Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs, the Rangers and rookie manager Ron Washington were 17 1/2 games behind AL West leader the Los Angeles Angels.
``I have always been a believer in JD and his management team,'' Rangers owner Tom Hicks said in a statement. ``While we are disappointed with our record this season, I know he can take the Rangers to where we want to be, a team that is consistently a contender.''
Texas was 80-82 last season, Daniels' first as GM. The Rangers haven't been to the playoffs since 1999, after the last of their only three AL West titles - all in a four-year span. The Rangers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each time by the New York Yankees.

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