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March 09, 2013

Ryan returns to camp with owners hopeful he will remain with Rangers

Nolan Ryan returned to Texas Rangers spring training Saturday morning after meeting with principal owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis in Texas, and a source said that a resolution that would keep Ryan with the team could be reached as early as Sunday.

Another source said that the owners are hopeful that Ryan will remain with the club as its CEO after he met with Simpson and Davis and then had dinner with Simpson at Del Frisco's in Fort Worth. Simpson called the meeting "positive."

Though Ryan was at the Surprise Recreation Campus, he did not address a situation that has lingered unresolved for more than a week since executives Jon Daniels and Rick George were promoted and Ryan began to question his role with the club.

Daniels was named the Rangers' president of baseball operations March 1 while George was bumped to president of baseball operations. Ryan, who was the team president and CEO, became simply the CEO.

Daniels and Simpson have maintained all along that nothing has changed in the front-office structure, with Ryan continuing to have final say on all matters. But Ryan's silence, which Saturday reached its ninth day, suggests that he sees things differently.

-- Jeff Wilson





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