From the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant and Richard Durrett :

The Rangers have fired manager Buck Showalter (above), club sources confirmed Wednesday.
The Rangers’ top management troika met Tuesday night at the estate of owner Tom Hicks to discuss the future of Showalter.

A Rangers official confirmed the meeting, but the club offered no statement about its outcome. Via e-mail, Hicks declined to comment. General manager Jon Daniels did not respond to e-mail questions.

Daniels said in mid-September that he had “no plans to change managers at this time.

I think we’re about 5 minutes away from the inevitable quotes from Whitey Herzog or Dallas Green expressing interest in some or all of these managerial openings.  On the bright side, I’ve not heard one mention of Jeff Torborg, Larry Bowa or Wally Backman, either.

The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga suggests Joe Girardi is a likely candidate for the Nationals job, while the Cubs have confirmed to the Sun-Times’ Chris De Luca their former catcher will receive strong consideration for the vacancy at Wrigley.