With new deal, Hart won't interview for GM jobs

DALLAS -- John Hart has agreed to stay with the
Texas Rangers as a consultant through 2013 and give up the opportunity to
interview for general manager positions with other teams.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks announced the three-year extension this
week. It adds to a five-year contract that the 57-year-old Hart
signed with the club in October after stepping down as general
manager to become senior adviser of baseball operations.

Hicks offered the extended contract after the Los Angeles
Dodgers pursued Hart for the team's vacant general manager
position. Hicks said he received another inquiry about Hart this

"I told John 'This will continue to happen. Let's decide what
you want to do for the rest of your career and I will support
that,'" Hicks said. "John slept on it and said he wanted to
finish his career as a Ranger and in the organization. I am very
happy about that."