Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that Jon Daniels has an out clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the Rangers if they are sold.â†µ
The Rangers’ mess could cost them their general manager.â†µ
Jon Daniels, the Texas GM, can opt out of his contract after this season if the team changes owners, major-league sources say.â†µ
The out clause likely will amount to nothing if the group headed by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan buy the team; Daniels wants to stay with the team and a source with knowledge of the group’s plans says he would be "totally safe" under a Greenberg-Ryan ownership.â†µ
But Ryan, in response to the latest roadblock in the sale proceedings, conceded to reporters Thursday that his group might not end up with the Rangers.â†µ
So now the Rangers are in a position where they could lose one of the brightest General Managers in baseball. A new surprise owner could decide to put his stamp on the team and hire his own GM. And alternatively, Daniels himself could decide that he doesn’t meld well with an owner not named Ryan/Greenberg and leave.â†µ
It’s unbelievable to me how morose and joyless this season can seem when you look at any aspect of the Texas Rangers other than the one of the team on the field. This might be the very best team in franchise history. As fans, we don’t deserve this. We deserve the rare opportunity to enjoy this success. We deserve a chance to celebrate. And right now, with each new update on the ownership situation, it becomes more and more difficult not to let the misery seep in.