Daniels, Ryan talk, close in on extension

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels spoke Thursday and Ryan said they are moving closer to an extension for Daniels.

Daniels' contract expires after the 2011 season. Since the end of the World Series, Ryan has said extending Daniels is a top priority. The process has dragged, but only because it seems the sides haven't found a lot of time to meet.

"I'm optimistic we're in the process of getting something done shortly," Ryan said.