HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Houston Astros already employ one member of the Ryan family and could be looking to add the elder statesman and former Astros star to payroll.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that owner Jim Crane is planning on meeting with Nolan Ryan to gauge the interest of the Hall of Famer in returning to baseball with the Astros.
Ryan left the Texas Rangers after the 2013 season with what was widely referred to as a retirement, but there were reports of discontent between Ryan and other members of the Rangers front office.
“Actually I’m hoping to talk to Nolan here pretty soon,” Crane said Tuesday afternoon before an Astros Caravan stop at Houston City Hall.
Ryan worked for the Astros from 2004-2008 as a special assistant to then owner Drayton McLane. He also pitched for the organization in nine of his 27 seasons in the league.
“I don’t think it’s any great secret that I would love to have my dad work with the Houston Astros,” Reid Ryan, Nolan’s eldest son, told the Chronicle. “But it’s really up to Jim and him to figure out if there’s a fit there.”
There isn’t a deal done or a certain position that Nolan would take. His son is currently president of business operations, but who knows where Nolan would fit, but they could probably find a place for him.
“Certainly, I think we can certainly make room for Nolan Ryan,” Crane said. “We’ll see how that works with the business side and the baseball side. We hope to visit with him about it pretty soon.”
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