Jon Daniels, who was most recently the Texas Rangers' Director of Baseball Operations until mid-season this year, has been named the Tampa Bay Rays' new senior advisor.
Daniels was quite successful in his early years with the Rangers organization, as the club made 5 playoff appearances during his tenure and won two back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and 2011 but failed to win a World Series title.
Beyond the two pennants, Daniels and his staff were able to grab some major signings in his time with Texas, as he was able to get Cliff Lee, Vladimir Gurrero, Prince Fielder, Cole Hamels, and even Corey Seager just this past year, grabbing some powerful names as the Rays are planning on doing this offseason.
Looking at the Rays and the direction in which the team is headed this offseason, this is a great hire, as it gives someone who has dealt with signing big-name free agents and grabbing top trade candidates, which fits into what this team is looking for.
And with the most recent moves that have been made by the Rays in dumping Ji-Man Choi, Kevin Kiermaier, and others, the Rays are looking towards what will be a different team here in 2023.