Ron Washington, GM near new deals

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is expected to get a new contract Thursday, probably for two or three years.

Club president Nolan Ryan said Wednesday that Washington and the team had a scheduled meeting for Thursday to discuss the new deal. Ryan said after that's done, it will be general manager Jon Daniels' turn to sign a long-term deal.

"I expect them both to be back next year and I think that's their expectation too," Ryan said "I don't see any issues there."

Ryan said the club wanted to take care of Washington this week before the manager heads back home to New Orleans.

Washington is the first manager to lead the Rangers to a playoff series victory, not to mention a World Series appearance. His players came to his support after his positive cocaine test was made public in spring training and management stuck by him. He helped the players avoid the distraction of bankruptcy court.

The manager's teams have improved every season, winning more games than the year before. Texas won 90 games in winning the AL West. Cliff Lee then pitched the decisive Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Rays to win the ALDS and the Rangers took care of the New York Yankees in six games in the ALCS.

The Rangers fell to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series in five games, with the season ending in Arlington on Monday.

"It was a wonderful year," Washington said. "We came together as an organization, came together as a group. We did what we had to do to survive and make it to the World Series. We're disappointed we didn't win it, but [we] definitely have a foundation to build on. We expect to be back."

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