The Astros and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan may have interest in forging a new working relationship, reports Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle.
Astros owner Jim Crane says he hopes to speak to Ryan "very soon" on the matter. More from Crane:
"We really don't have anything done yet. I think there's some interest from Nolan if it's the right opportunity for him and if it's what he wants to do. He's very accomplished and he's done a lot of great things and he'll certainly be a great addition to the team if we could do it."
Of his 27 seasons in the bigs, Ryan spent nine with the Astros, from 1980-88. Ryan recently stepped aside as president of the Rangers. Prior to that, he served as a special assistant to former Astros owner Drayton McLane. As Ortiz notes, Ryan's oldest son Reid is currently the Astros' president of business operations.
Given all that, it seems like a natural fit, and Ryan would certainly add credibility to an Astros' franchise that, while very much headed in the right direction, is still in the midst of a deep rebuild.