Ryan wouldn't work for Gilbert

Updated: December 8, 2009, 6:31 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan acknowledged Tuesday that he has submitted a bid with Chuck Greenberg to own the club and that he would not work for Dennis Gilbert's group if Gilbert is running baseball operations.

"Under the scenario that was presented to me by Tom last week, after thinking about it for a couple of days, I told Tom that I didn't feel like I would stay with the ballclub if Dennis came in under that scenario," said Ryan, who met Gilbert during the due diligence process when he and his investors from Chicago were in town. "Gilbert would be overseeing the day-to-day operations."

Ryan said Hicks told him a few days later that his agreement with Gilbert had changed and that he would not be involved in Hicks' bid.

"I am disappointed," Gilbert said. "If I'm lucky enough to get the team, I will try to persuade him otherwise."

Ryan said he and Greenberg submitted a bid before the Nov. 20 deadline and presented a revised proposal Monday, the day any changes to bids were due. Gilbert said his group also resubmitted its bid.

"Over the course of the last few months, Nolan and I have built a tremendous relationship with one another," Greenberg said. "Our views on how to operate the franchise going forward are very compatable and I think that's one of the reasons we got so comfortable with one another so quickly.

"I decided long before Nolan and I joined forces that if he would have joined another group, I would have dropped out immediately. I can't see any way possible that it's in the best interest of the Rangers or the community for Nolan Ryan to depart. I would not have been part of an effort that would have led to Nolan's departure."

Gilbert would not discuss specifics of his proposal.

A date of Dec. 15 has been set to determine the winning bid, but Ryan isn't sure if that's a hard deadline.

Ryan said it's always been proposed by his group that Tom Hicks remain as a minority owner, but would not have unilateral power to make baseball decisions. The ownership group would be made up of a board of directors. The deal is structured where there are different levels of equity depending on what Hicks might want. Ryan said he would stay on in his current role if Hicks finds a way to keep majority ownership.

"I told Tom that," Ryan said. "I came here to help Tom and the Rangers. And if Tom continued to own the team and stay in the control and my role would stay the same, I wouldn't have a problem with that."

Ryan said he has tried to stay even-keeled during the process as bids have been changed and scenarios presented.

"My attitude about that is there are so many unknowns out there and so much speculation that you really don't have a reading," said Ryan, who has no feel as to what might happen. "I think Major League Baseball probably has not come to a conclusion yet to where they are. My attitude has been that I don't get too high or too low about it. I think it's just one of those things in time that it will work itself out."

Greenberg said he has received information on potential timelines, but he's not certain how it will all play out.

"This is a decision that we can't control," he said. "All Nolan and I can do is what we've done. ... We feel that this franchise is on the cusp of an outstanding future, and Nolan and I hope we have the opportunity to lead it into that future."

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail richard.durrett@espn3.com.

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