The Rangers may have finished with a losing record, but manager Jeff Banister still earned a little more security Wednesday. The Rangers announced that they will pick up the option on Banister's contract for 2019. The move was expected. No team likes to go into a season with a manager in the last year of his contract. It is a recipe for rampant speculation and distraction. Banister, 53, led the Rangers to back-to-back AL West finishes in his first two seasons. Despite a bullpen that struggled and an offense that became way too dependent on home runs, the Rangers remained in the hunt for the second AL wild card spot until the final week of the season before finishing at 78-84. "With Jeff as our manager, we've had a lot of success over the last three years," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Despite a number of challenges with injuries and other circumstances in 2017, our team stayed in contention until the last week of the season. His leadership and work ethic played a significant role in that. I look forward to working with Jeff as we begin planning and preparing for 2018."