There’s sentiment among the Rangers that Nolan Ryan will remain with the organization, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. While it’s possible Ryan will resign, he wouldn’t do so to join Texas’ other MLB team. Nightengale reports that Ryan wouldn’t join the Astros even if dissatisfaction over his role with the Rangers causes him to step down.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he continues talking to Ryan about on-field matters regularly and wouldn’t want the Hall of Famer to leave. “It's a really good group, a really good organization, and Nolan is a big part of that," Daniels said. Daniels, the Rangers’ president of baseball operations, now has full autonomy over the team’s baseball moves.
Ryan has had disagreements with Daniels over staffing and player personnel decisions in the past. Under the team’s new management structure, Ryan can continue to make recommendations to Daniels and others. However, he’s not expected to enjoy a role as a 'figurehead' CEO.
Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported eight days ago that Ryan could leave the team following the recent front office changes. Rangers co-chairman Bob Simpson said at that time that he wants Ryan to remain with the team long-term.