When a manager or coach is only under contract for the upcoming season, they're often referred to as a "lame duck," meaning they have no interest in the future, and likewise, their players don't feel accountable toward them knowing they aren't secure in their job, anyway.
The truth to that theory can be debated, but whatever the case, Rangers manager Ron Washington surely doesn't see himself as being a lame duck despite the fact he's currently under contract until the end of the upcoming season, and not a moment more.
Washington spoke to KTCK The Ticket on Monday morning and said the contract is far from his mind as he's preparing for spring training, which began Sunday with pitchers and catchers reporting and will intensify in the coming days when the full roster reports.
"I’m not disappointed," Washington said. "I have a contract for this year. You just hope the credibility you’ve built up is enough and you see where that goes, but it’s not something that’s weighing on my mind.”
Washington said he and general manager Jon Daniels have spoken about a potential extension but other things took priority this winter, which is evidenced by the roster makeover the Rangers put together.
“I think everyone wants security, and I’ve definitely spoken with Jon," Washington told The Ticket. "The way things went this winter, it’s something he couldn’t get to. I believe he’ll get to it though and then it’ll happen.”