Friday, October 18, 2013
Texas ready to make some noise?
By AJ Mass
On Thursday, Nolan Ryan announced that he was resigning as CEO of the Texas Rangers, effective at the end of the month, and also sold his ownership stake in the team. Ryan's decision leaves president of baseball operations Jon Daniels as the sole decision-maker going forward in terms of player personnel for the team.
In terms of wheeling and dealing, Daniels has never been afraid to make big moves. He sent Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison. He also took a chance that paid off by dealing Edinson Volquez to Cincinnati for Josh Hamilton. Nelson Cruz and Cliff Lee also came to Texas thanks to Daniels's decision-making.
Although co-owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis would have to give the thumbs up on any huge free agent signing, the fact that the Rangers were heavily involved in the pursuit of Jose Abreu seems to indicate a willingness to do so. That could easily mean a run at Robinson Cano and/or Brian McCann is forthcoming.
And as Buster Olney writes in his Friday column, "Rival officials believe the Rangers are going to be hyper-aggressive this offseason, and view them as a serious player in the David Price sweepstakes." Given Daniels track record, that certainly seems to be a given.
Jean-Jacques TaylorNolan Ryan makes an expected exit
"Ryan said he resigned Thursday. A news release issued by the club said he retired. Either way, he's gone. Ryan even sold his interest in the club... A new CEO will not be named. Daniels wields all of the power."