Ryan says Washington will return in 2011

Ryan says Washington will return in 2011

SEATTLE -- With the new ownership group about to be in place, Rangers president Nolan Ryan made it clear their feelings about manager Ron Washington.

Ryan said the Rangers want and expect Washington to be back in 2011 and beyond. The Rangers will wait until the end of the season to discuss an actual extension, but it's a foregone conclusion.

"That's awesome," Washington said. "I want to be here. With everything that's been going on, the business stuff is not something we want to think about right now. We're trying to make sure things on the field don't get distracted.

"But I'm very pleased. I want to be a part of what's happening here in Texas and I'm glad to hear Chuck Greenberg, Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan feel that way about me. But I never doubted their feelings."

Washington is in his fourth year as the Rangers' manager but is unsigned for next season. He probably would have received a contract extension last year if not for a one-time positive test for cocaine last summer. That incident is behind him, but now the Rangers have been waiting for the ownership situation to get resolved.

"I've talked to Wash," Daniels said. "I love working with the guy. He's done a very good job. But we've been consistent in saying let's keep everybody's focus on the field and address other matters afterward. It's very clear that Ron is our guy and Ron will be our manager in 2011."