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ARLINGTON -- There is still a possibility manager Ron Washington will get a contract extension before Spring Training, but nobody appears too concerned about it right now.

"He's been a huge part of what we've done here," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It's been a partnership from Day 1, and I expect that to continue going forward. We'll handle contracts and personal matters privately."

Washington was in a similar position two years ago. He was set to enter the 2012 season on the last year of his contract after two straight trips to the World Series. Then the Rangers announced a two-year contract extension on Jan. 30, so there is a precedent for getting something done late in the offseason after most of the player moves have been made.

The Rangers have won 457 games the past five years, second most in the Major Leagues behind the Yankees.

"I'm not worried about it," Washington said. "That will take care of itself."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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