DALLAS – John Hart has agreed to stay with the Texas Rangers as a consultant through 2013 and give up the opportunity to interview for general manager positions with other teams.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks announced the three-year extension this week. It adds to a five-year contract that the 57-year-old Hart signed with the club in October after stepping down as general manager to become senior adviser of baseball operations.

Hicks offered the extended contract after the Los Angeles Dodgers pursued Hart for the team’s vacant general manager position. Hicks said he received another inquiry about Hart this week.

“I told John This will continue to happen. Let’s decide what you want to do for the rest of your career and I will support that,”‘ Hicks said. “John slept on it and said he wanted to finish his career as a Ranger and in the organization. I am very happy about that.”

AP-ES-11-25-05 1444EST


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