Jeff Wilson of Dallasnews.com conducted a Q&A with Chuck Greenberg regarding some of the changes that Rangers fans can expect with the new ownership. Here's some of the highlights:
- The Rangers are very happy with Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels, and Thad Levine on the baseball side of things. Greenberg says that financially, they have the resources to make the club competitive.
- The Rangers would like to re-sign Cliff Lee following the 2010 season, and "keep their players," says Greenberg. He doesn't get into specific names aside from Lee, but one can presume that names like Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz are topping the list.
- The extra $30MM Greenberg's group spent in purchasing the club will have "zero" effect on retaining players and improving the stadium. The purchase and improvement of the organization were budgeted for separately.
- Greenberg praises the work of manager Ron Washington and says the players "love playing for him." Ultimately, however, the managerial decision for 2011 and beyond will be the responsibility of Daniels and Ryan. The duo also supports Washington, according to Greenberg.
- Taking over in August isn't ideal timing, says Greenberg. They'll be limited in their ability to implement changes for the time being, but want to focus on sending the message to fans that their ballclub will be in good hands.