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March 08, 2013

Bob Simpson calls DFW meeting with Nolan Ryan 'positive'

Nolan Ryan flew to the Metroplex on Friday afternoon to meet with co-chairman Bob Simpson in the hopes of reaching a resolution on Ryan's future with the Texas Rangers.

"It's been positive," Simpson told the Star-Telegram. "We are working through the thing, and so far the results are positive. I wouldn't say it's resolved, but hopefully we can get there."

A source said that Ray Davis, the other co-chairman, was expected to be part of the meeting.

Ryan stayed around town long enough to have dinner with Simpson after a meeting to get a sense of where Ryan stood following a week of media reports that he was unhappy with and uncertain about his role with the club in light of the promotion of Jon Daniels to president of baseball operations/general manager and Rick George to president of business operations.

Multiple sources close to Ryan have believed all along that he would leave the club after fulfilling a prior commitment in San Antonio for the Rangers' two exhibition games there at the end of the month and another commitment in Houston during the Rangers' season-opening series March 31-April 3.

Friday's meeting, though, to be yielding results that would keep Ryan with the club, said Simpson.

Daniels and George were promoted a week ago, while Ryan was stripped of the team president title and is now CEO. Sources told the Star-Telegram that Ryan felt he had been robbed of his authority to make and influence baseball and business decision and would simple be a figurehead as CEO.

Daniels has maintained that he still reports to Ryan, as he did prior to his promotion, and Simpson has said that Ryan remains atop the company power structure.

Ryan, though, has made no comment since the promotions were handed down, other than a statement in a press release that sources said he initially did not want to make. Sources told the Star-Telegram on Friday that Ryan could break his silence next week.

-- Jeff Wilson



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