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Levine’s expected departure creates void in Rangers’ front office

Texas Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, left, is expected to become the general manager of the Minnesota Twins.
Texas Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, left, is expected to become the general manager of the Minnesota Twins. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Thad Levine, a trusty lieutenant to general manager Jon Daniels since 2005, is expected to leave his job as Texas Rangers assistant GM to become the GM for the Minnesota Twins.

Sources confirmed that the hire will happen within the next week to 10 days. When it does, it will give the Rangers a key vacancy in their front office.

Levine had been overseeing the Rangers’ operations in Latin America after A.J. Preller left in 2014 to become GM for the San Diego Padres. Others in the front office had been covering Levine’s other duties while he was abroad.

The Rangers will likely look to redistribute Levine’s duties among multiple personnel while also going outside the organization to fill the void.

Tolleson, Harrell clear

Right-hander Shawn Tolleson, who saved 36 games in 2015 and opened 2016 as the closer before losing the job to Sam Dyson, has cleared outright waivers and has the right to become a free agent.

Lucas Harrell, acquired from Atlanta ahead of the trade deadline, also cleared and can also refuse assignment to Triple A Round Rock. Harrell and Tolleson had been on the 60-day disabled list.

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