Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels solicited the opinions of the staffers most familiar with Manny Ramirez. Hitting coach Dave Magadan and staff assistant Cesar Hernandez, with Ramirez at Boston in 2007-08, expressed no reservations.

“I had no complaints,” Magadan said. “He always worked hard. … His last season with Boston, there was a lot of turmoil. It turned ugly in the end. I know Manny has changed in a lot of ways. We’ll see how it goes.”

Hernandez worked out with Ramirez in Florida during the off-season and threw batting practice to him. Hernandez said Ramirez showed a quick bat and also seemed invigorated by an immersion in Christianity.

“He’ll be ready,” Hernandez said. “He’s really turned his life around. He’s a different guy.”