Back in October when Nolan Ryan was ushered out the door at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the official word was that the former part-owner and CEO of the Rangers was retiring. The realistic one was that he was leaving the Texas Rangers organization as the result of a power struggle between he and GM Jon Daniels.
Now, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Ryan is considering a meeting with Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, the guy he outbid to get the Rangers out of bankruptcy just a few years ago, to possibly join the Astros organization, where his son is in the front office.
"I think there's some interest from Nolan if it's the right opportunity," Crane told the Houston Chronicle.
It makes perfect sense. In Ryan's lengthy Hall of Fame playing career, he spent more time with the Astros than any other team he played with. He's from South Texas, and of course, his son is there. Ryan's not going to leave Texas, which limits his teams to work for to two, and obviously, one of those is not an option.
Imagine if Ryan joined the Astros and helped build them into a formidable team in the next couple of years in an already stout AL West. The Astros have the farm system to build a power, and Crane has the money. It's a good opportunity for Ryan, and don't be surprised when he takes it.