SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In Rangers general manager Jon Daniels' mind, nothing much changes from a baseball operations standpoint with the news Friday of Chuck Greenberg's departure.
"It really shouldn't have any impact," Daniels said. "Nothing changes as far as how we operate, organizational structure, budget. All of that remains the same. We're looking to keep our baseball management leadership group in place for an extended period of time. None of that changes."
Daniels said ever since the new ownership group took over, that he reported to Nolan Ryan. Now, what it means is that Ryan is the CEO and in charge of business and baseball operations. For Daniels, it doesn't alter things. He said if there was a big trade or a free agent he wanted to sign, that he would first talk to Ryan. Sometimes he also talked with Ryan and Greenberg at the same time or even made presentations to the club's board of directors (there's 13 of them led by Ray Davis and Bob Simpson) if needed.
Daniels said his relationship with Ryan is strong and expects that to remain the case. He's gotten to know some of the board members and is confident that while it may appear there's not stability with the Rangers, there is in terms of the baseball operations side and the folks making the decisions on the board.
Daniels said that Greenberg's dealings with Cliff Lee didn't impact where the free agent pitcher signed.
"Cliff had some very attractive options," Daniels said. "He made a choice that was best for him and his family."
Daniels said he wasn't concerned with whether Greenberg's trip to Arkansas and discussion of the Lee deal would send mixed signals about who was in charge of the club's baseball ops.
"We put our best foot forward and Cliff made a different decision," Daniels said.
Daniels said Greenberg's involvement was "about what you'd expect" from someone in that position.
"He was in the office and around sometimes when decisions were being made," Daniels said. "Some he had an opinion on, others he didn't. But ultimately, our group put our heads together and would make baseball decisions. When there were big investments, big dollars involved, that typically involves upper management and ownership to a degree."
Daniels didn't comment on the differing management styles between Greenberg, Daniels and others on staff. But that was something Greenberg brought up in the official club statement.
Daniels talked about the short offseason and getting used to new faces in place in various positions within the front office.
"You're talking about an offseason in which several new executives came on board on the business side," Daniels said. "It was a short offseason because of the playoffs. It was a different offseason because of the success the franchise had and some of the opportunities that were there. It was still evolving. People were still trying to find their comfort zone."
Daniels admitted that nothing much surprises him anymore with the Rangers after being with the club in various posts since 2002.
Daniels said the management structure and the Greenberg situation didn't factor into his negotiations for an extension. He dealt exclusively with Ryan during that process.
"We agreed on a deal and I can't say whether or not it had an impact on the timing of it, but from my standpoint it had no impact," Daniels said.