ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers are sticking with manager Ron Washington, at least through 2010.

"This was an easy decision," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement Monday announcing they exercised their contract option to retain him for next season. "We're excited about the direction the club is going under Ron's leadership and we look forward to a long, productive relationship with him as our manager."

The Rangers led the AL West and were tied with the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League heading into Monday's games. The Rangers have led their division for 33 days, their longest stretch since 1999.

Washington, in his third season with the team, is 187-193 with Texas and is the fourth-longest tenured manager in Rangers history. He was hired in 2006 with a two-year contract with team options for 2009 and 2010.