Nolan Ryan staying with Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After productive talks the past two weeks, the Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that CEO Nolan Ryan is staying with the organization.

Ryan and Rangers co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson issued joint statements that said all sides are focused on bringing a World Series championship to Arlington.

The announcement ends weeks of speculation about whether Ryan would leave the club after losing his title of team president during the offseason. The Rangers promoted general manager Jon Daniels to president of baseball operations and Rick George to president of business operations on March 1.

Ryan attended all six home games over the weekend and into this week, including Wednesday's contest against the Tampa Bay Rays, which started with a game-time temperature of 39 degrees.

"After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward," Ryan said in a statement. "In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership and with Jon Daniels and Rick George to build on the success of the past five years and to bring a championship to Arlington."

Ryan's decision saves the Rangers from what could have been a public relations issue. The Hall of Famer pitcher finished his career with the Rangers, with whom he pitched two no-hitters and earned his 5,000th career strikeout.

He had presided over the Rangers since 2008 and became a minority owner and added the title of chief executive officer in March 2011. The Rangers made it to their first World Series in 2010, and made it again the following year.

Davis and Simpson, who became majority owners in March 2011, said in their statement that they've had meaningful conversations with Ryan over the past several weeks that led to Ryan deciding to stay.

"Over the years, Nolan has made extraordinary contributions to the Texas Rangers organization, both on and off the field, including providing valuable guidance to Jon Daniels and Rick George," Davis and Simpson said in a joint statement. "His leadership as our chief executive -– with both baseball and business operations reporting to him -– has been vital to our success and offers us a bright future."