While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. Nothing is imminent, but sources close to the situation tell me Nolan Ryan and his sons could sell their interest in the Round Rock Express sooner than later because of Ryan’s demotion in the Texas Rangers’ front office and sons Reid and Reese’s diverse interests in other directions, including politics. If that were to happen, Astros owner Jim Crane told me he’d be interested in reacquiring the Triple-A affiliate for his franchise. “That’s a great spot for us,” Crane said. “It’s a great market. It’d be something we’d be happy to look at. If my phone rang, we’d definitely be interested.” The Express’ contract with the Rangers — the club is in year three of the original four-year deal, but the two parties have already signed a four-year extension — runs through 2018. To get out of the arrangement, the Express would have to have the approval of the Rangers and the new major league club as well as major league and minor league baseball.
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