Michael Young will be joining the Texas Rangers’ front office as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels at some point this off-season, though details of what Young’s duties will be have not been finalized.
Daniels said earlier this season that he would like to bring Young into the organization, but the all-time franchise great is already at work, according to baseball sources, doing background work on potential candidates for the managerial post.
Young is also likely to be someone that Daniels and others with the club will consult on certain matters, and he will work on special projects on the developmental side.
Daniels has a long list of former major league players who are working as special assistants. Topping the list are Greg Maddux, a 2014 inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Rangers great Ivan Rodriguez.
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Former All-Star infielder Tony Fernandez and former Rangers reliever Darren Oliver are also on the payroll.
Oliver joined the front office after he retired last off-season. He spent time at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic and was a regular at spring training.
McEwing a candidate?
The Rangers have vetted former major league infielder Joe McEwing as a possible candidate for their managerial vacancy, and could bring in the Chicago White Sox third-base coach for an interview.
Daniels declined to comment, as did a White Sox official.
McEwing is one of multiple candidates for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ managerial vacancy.
The Rangers interviewed pitching coach Mike Maddux and Triple A coach Steve Buechele on Tuesday.
Interim manager Tim Bogar will also interview, but a source said that Bogar has not been told when he will get his chance.