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Auction: Players talk about Mark Cuban

SEATTLE -- The Ranger players have avoided, for the most part, talk of the courtroom drama that has involved the club's ownership for a few months now.

But some of them did discuss the fact that the team they play for hits the auction block at 8 a.m. Dallas time today. And in talking with the media, Mark Cuban's name, naturally, came up.

"Everybody knows that Mark Cuban takes care of his players and that the Mavericks have great facilities and all of that," Darren O'Day said. "I've heard some people say he's going to be good for the team and others speculate he'll be bad for the team. I think it's exciting.

"He's got a passion, a drive to win. I know Chuck [Greenberg] and he seems the same way. I haven't met Cuban but his reputation is that he wants to win and when the Mavericks aren't having the success he wants, he's not happy about it. That's good. He wants to win. He does spend money to win, takes care of his players, and that's what you want in an owner."

Cuban is expected to bid for the Rangers in today's auction, likely as a member of a group headed by Houston businessman Jim Crane. If that group wins the auction and gains approval from Major League Baseball, it's unclear whether Nolan Ryan would remain as president.

"I don't think any owner in their right mind would let Nolan Ryan go," Ian Kinsler said. "If it's his decision, that's his decision. It would be disappointing, but I don't think any owner would really want to see Nolan go, whoever it is."

Kinsler was also asked his thoughts if Cuban ended up with the team.

"I would think it's great," Kinsler said. "I have no problems with whoever is the owner as long as they are interested in winning. I think either one would be great. Cuban has obviously shown he's interested in winning and Greenberg has obviously shown that he's interested in winning. I think that's the most important thing you want out of an owner."

Both players said they haven't thought about the auction much or discussed it a whole lot in the clubhouse.

"We have a lot better stuff to talk about," O'Day said. "I don't think it's on the forefront of our minds."