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Cliff Lee negotiations impact CEO change?

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There's buzz that Chuck Greenberg stepped on some toes during the Cliff Lee negotiations.

Nolan Ryan certainly didn't deny that when asked point-blank about the subject. Ryan, a natural straight shooter, opted to dance around the subject.

"I'm not going to get into that," Ryan said. "I feel like that Chuck has a lot of passion for the game and a lot of energy. I’m not going to speculate on Cliff Lee or anyone else as far as baseball is concerned."

General manager Jon Daniels told reporters in Surprise that he didn't believe that Greenberg's involvement influenced Lee's decision to sign with the Phillies instead of the Rangers.

But it appears that Greenberg ruffled some feathers while the Rangers were attempting to keep the ace.