Rangers want new Washington contract

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said his first priority this offseason will be to extend manager Ron Washington's contract.

Daniels has talked often in the past few months about Washington being the manager long term in Texas.

"First things first, we'll address our own free agents as most clubs will, first priority being Wash," Daniels said. "I don't think that'll be an issue whatsoever. I would imagine once it's all said and done, we will sit down and resolve that pretty quickly. There's no doubt in anybody's mind that he'll be the skipper here for some time to come."

Washington's teams have increased their win totals in each of his four years as manager. Texas won 87 games in 2009 and then 90 in the regular season in 2010. He's the first manager to win a playoff series for the Rangers, winning the ALDS and the AL pennant before losing to the Giants in five games in the World Series.

Washington received a two-year deal with two option years when he was hired in 2006.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his mailbag.