Texas Rangers' GM Jon Daniels built the Rangers into a perennial contender year in, and year out. Last Friday, the Rangers announced he was being promoted to the position of president, a position formerly held by Nolan Ryan. Yahoo Sports reported on March 5 that Daniels said he hopes Ryan will stay with the organization despite the change.
Nolan Ryan, a hall of fame pitcher who played for Texas at the end of his career, was part of an investment group that helped purchase the Rangers and pull them out of bankruptcy. Since Ryan and his group took over, the Rangers have built themselves into a powerhouse, with two World Series appearances in the last three seasons, the first in franchise history.
A report suggested that Nolan Ryan will leave the Texas Rangers by the end of spring training, and Daniels' promotion was part of the move to set that up. Daniels said he has spoken to Ryan numerous times since the report broke and does not believe the move has anything to do with him personally, but he can't speak for Ryan's state of mind right now.
As for Daniels taking over Ryan's position on the team, the new Texas Rangers' president said the structure is still the same and he still reports to Nolan Ryan on all matters. He referred to Ryan as the team's CEO and said that Ryan's imput is the most important thing for him.