Rangers Talk: Payroll, Byrd, Pudge

Rangers president Nolan Ryan talked to reporters today.  MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and has the story.

  • Ryan said to expect payroll to remain in the same range next season, meaning around $68MM.  By my calculations the Rangers have about $44MM committed before arbitration raises to Josh Hamilton, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Feldman, C.J. Wilson, and Frank Francisco.  GM Jon Daniels should have around $15MM with which to work.
  • Ryan doesn't plan on the Rangers signing a big-name free agent to a long-term deal.  The team wants to re-sign Marlon Byrd and Ivan Rodriguez while adding a right-handed bat and multiple pitchers (veteran starter, left-handed reliever according to manager Ron Washington).
  • Ryan doesn't believe the team's unsettled ownership situation "impacts us at all."

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