Tim Purpura has been hired by as the Rangers’ director of player development, sources confirmed. The former Houston Astros general manager replaces Scott Servais, who left the post last month to join the front office of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as assistant GM, scouting and development. The hiring could become official later today.
Purpura was Houston’s farm director from 1997 to 2004 before becoming general manager. Purpura hired Nolan Ryan as a special assistant during his tenure and the two established a relationship through the Astros' dealings with Ryan's minor league teams, which were affiliates of the Astros then. Purpura was the GM when the Astros made the World Series in 2005, but was let go during the 2007 season.
The Rangers considered giving the job title to assistant general manager Thad Levine, but they decided he was too valuable in current role and didn't want to spread him too thin.
UPDATE: The Rangers made the official announcement Friday afternoon. They also announced the promotion of Jayce Tingler to field coordinator.