Report: Astros owner talks to Nolan Ryan

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane confirmed to the Houston Chronicle that he has reached out to Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan since Ryan left the Rangers. But no offer has been made to join the Astros, according to the report. Ryan's son, Reid, is the club's president of business operations.

"I have talked to Nolan," Crane told the Chronicle on Thursday. "We haven’t really discussed anything about him joining the team yet. But that certainly could be a possibility down the road. It depends what Nolan wants. ... As far as an offer of us talking about a position, we haven’t done that."

Ryan's joining the Astros could certainly make some sense with his history in the organization and with one of his sons there. But Ryan indicated last month when he announced his resignation from the Rangers that he wanted to take some time away and wasn't sure what he wanted to do.

Ryan is also mulling a run for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, as he confirmed to ESPN Dallas earlier this month.