GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan released a statement on Sunday regarding his future with the franchise, saying only that discussions with ownership will continue going forward.
"Over the last week, Ray Davis, Bob Simpson and I have been in discussion and met in person," Ryan said. "The conversations have been productive and we have discussed my role as CEO of the organization. We agreed these discussions will continue as we go forward.
"I am very proud of what the Rangers have accomplished over the last several years and I believe our preparations for the upcoming season are what is important."
A story in Sunday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram said Ryan is leaning toward staying, but the Hall of Fame pitcher gave no indication either way when approached upon his arrival at the Surprise Recreation Campus in Arizona this morning.
Uncertainty about Ryan's future first emerged on March 1 after the club announced promotions for general manager Jon Daniels and COO Rick George, who is now president of business operations. Reports surfaced that the alteration within the club's hierarchy was discussed in November and that Daniels was offered control of both baseball and business operations. He declined, instead accepting the baseball operations post.
Ryan has been with the Rangers since 2008, when former owner Tom Hicks named the Hall of Fame pitcher the team's president. In 2010, he became a minority owner and added the chief executive officer title in March 2011 when CEO and managing general partner Chuck Greenberg left the organization.