From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

1. Ron Washington’s deal with the Rangers will be for two years.

2. Washington believes he will be able to hire two coaches for his staff, but not at the pitching coach or hitting coach positions.

3. One thing that might have factored in for Washington — in case you’re wondering why he didn’t insist on waiting for the managerial search in Oakland to play out before accepting the Texas offer — is that in Arlington he’ll be two hours by flight or eight hours by car from his family and home in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina apparently destroyed Washington’s house and most of his possessions last year, and he’s rebuilding in his old neighborhood.

4. And this Washington quote, which gets my day started off well: “I feel like I have an idea about what we can do to keep the A’s from beating us so much.”

Much more on all of this tomorrow.

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