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Assistant GM has contract through '15

DETROIT -- Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine confirmed that he has agreed to a contract extension that keeps him with the club through the 2015 season. Levine negotiated the deal with Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan.

"It's an honor," said Levine, who is with the club in Detroit. "I think of the Texas Rangers as a terrific family and absolutely a wonderful organization to be a part of. When you get into baseball, one thing you except is that you won't have much security. I'm thankful that JD and Nolan and the ownership group has given me and my family security."

Levine is in his sixth season with the Rangers, joining the club after six seasons with the Colorado Rockies. Levine was named assistant general manager shortly after Jon Daniels took over as general manager in October 2005. In his position, Levine has dealt with player acquisitions, contract negotiations and assisting Daniels with the day-to-day management of the baseball operations department.

As a sidenote, I can tell you that Levine is critical to how things operate in that department. This is yet another example of a clear understanding by Ryan and the ownership group of how important that baseball operations group is to the sustained success of the team.