Rangers guarantee manager Banister's contract through 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers have guaranteed Jeff Banister's contract through 2018 and given their manager a raise.

Hired in October 2014, Banister was voted AL Manager of the Year after leading the Rangers to an 88-74 record and the AL West title. They lost to Toronto in the Division Series.

His previous deal was guaranteed through 2017 and included a team option for 2018. The Rangers said Friday they had guaranteed 2018 and added a team option for 2019.

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