MLB Rumors: Top 3 Rangers "Big Name" Managerial Targets

While third-base coach Tony Beasley will be the 
interim manager of the Texas Rangers for the remainder of the season, it's likely they'll be looking for a bigger, more established name to take over a very expensive ballclub that's looking to vault itself into some type of contender status next season. 

With that in mind, here's a look at three "big name" candidates to take over as the Rangers' new manager for 2023. 

1. Joe Maddon

Maddon is the man who ended the Chicago Cubs' 108-year World Series jinx. He's got the aura of a manager who can do magic. However, he couldn't make things work with a Los Angeles Angels team that featured Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout (who, granted, was always injured), so will he look to take on a job leading two more All-Stars in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien — the half-a-billion dollar keystone combo? 

And does he want to keep managing at the age of 68? “Of course I want to manage,” he told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hours after the firing. “I’m really good at it.”

2. Ron Washington

The Rangers are quite familiar with the toothpick-chewing Washington. He guided them to two American League pennants in 2010 and 2011, and after winning the World Series as a coach with the Atlanta Braves last year, he recently made overtures to wishing he had finished the job in Texas. 

"My heart is broken that I haven't been able to get one here in Texas," Washington said. "And we had two opportunities at it. My heart is broken for that. But you know, when things don't work out the way you want them to work out, you got to pick up the pieces and you got to move on."

3. Brad Ausmus

This is a name that constantly circulates whenever there's a managerial opening. As noted by Stephen J. Nesbitt and Andy McCullough of The Athletic, Ausmus has experience "working in the San Diego Padres’ and Los Angeles Angels’ front offices (giving) him important tools for a modern manager, a conduit between the front office and players."

Chris Woodward, just months after receiving a contract extension, was fired on Monday as the Rangers manager, as the team holds a disappointing 52-63 record despite spending all that money in the offseason. 

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